Joseph Priestley

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Joseph Priestley

Priestley by William Artaud
Born 13 March 1733
Fieldhead, Yorkshire, England
Died 8 February 1804
Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Joseph Priestley (13 March 1733 – 8 February 1804) was an English chemist, philosopher, clergyman, and teacher. He is known as the discoverer of oxygen.[1] He was a Unitarian.[2]

On 1 August 1774, Priestly identified oxygen in his laboratory at Bowood House in Wiltshire, England.[3]

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  1. Antoine Lavoisier and Carl Wilhelm Scheele Carl Wilhelm Scheele also have a claim to the discovery of oxygen. See Kuhn, Thomas. (1996). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, pp. 53–60.
  2. "Joseph Priestley". Spartacus.co.uk. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRpriestley.htm. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  3. American Chemical Society (ACS), "Joseph Priestley: Discoverer of Oxygen"; retrieved 2012-5-23.

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