Lithiophosphate, Li3PO4, was first described by Matias and Bondareva (1957) in masses up to 5×9 cm occurring as a hydrothermal replacement of montebrasite in a Kola pegmatite, USSR. Fisher (1958) made an X-ray diffraction powder pattern of synthetic Li3PO4 as early as 1950 in anticipation of finding the material in pegmatites, but Matias and Bondareva were the first to report such an occurrence.

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