Alexander Schauss


Mineral Museum

In 2017, Dr. Schauss was the author of legislative language that led to wulfenite becoming Arizona’s official state mineral.

As the former Vice-Chair of the University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Advisory Board, he played a pivotal role in the the founding of the Alfie Norville University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Museum that opened in July 2021 in the historic and iconic former Pima County Courthouse in downtown Tucson.

His research interests include the study of organic substances and inorganic materials of significance to the geosciences related to human health, such as organogermanium compounds, germanium dioxide, and germanium sesquioxide and their risk of nephrotoxicity and neurotoxicity in humans, and the investigation of the biological properties of silver salts, the historic use of colloidal silver compounds, and zinc salts in the treatment of eating disorders in humans.

Schauss AG, Costin C. Zinc and Eating Disorders. 1989, McGraw-Hill, New York.

Schauss AG. Nephrotoxicity in humans by the ultratrace element germanium. Renal Failure, 1991, 13(1): 1-4.

Schauss AG. Nephrotoxicity and neurotoxicity in humans from organogermanium compounds and germanium dioxide. Biological Trace Element Research, 1991, 29(3): 267-280.

Schauss AG. Minerals, Trace Elements and Human Health. 4th edition. 1999, Life Science Press, Tacoma (WA).

Rakovan J, Schauss AG, Richard RP. The puzzle of re-entrant cube morphology. In: Diamond: The Ultimate Gemstone. Harris JW, Staebler GA [eds.], Lithographie, 2017: 36-38.

Schauss AG. The prolific mineralogical author, Boris Z. Cantor. Mineralogical Almanac, Mineral Observer, 2022, 27(3): 36-45.

Wilson WE, Schauss AG, Houran J, Lavinsky R. Refined Elegance: The Small Treasures of Mineralogy. The Mineralogical Record, 2022, 53(6): 1-161.