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This Day in Chemistry: Joseph Priestley

Lucy Bell-Young

1st August 2018

Chemistry, Joseph Priestley, Science



On this day in 1774, Joseph Priestley first isolated one of the most crucial elements of our time: oxygen. A chemist, philosopher, famous dissenter and eventual expatriate, Priestley provided the scientific work that modern-day chemistry hinges on – but he didn’t necessarily agree with the theories his work facilitated. About Joseph Priestley Born in 1733,… Continue reading »