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Joseph Black

1728 - 1799

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Joseph Black (16 April 1728 – 6 December 1799) was a Scottish physicist and chemist, known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent heat, specific heat, and carbon dioxide. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Black has received more than 383,824 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Joseph Black is the 48th most popular chemist (down from 43rd in 2019), the 539th most popular biography from France (down from 536th in 2019) and the 8th most popular French Chemist.

Joseph Black was a Scottish chemist who discovered carbon dioxide. He also discovered the latent heat of vaporization of water, which is the amount of heat energy that is required to turn a liquid into a gas.

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Among chemists, Joseph Black ranks 48 out of 509Before him are Frederick Soddy, Victor Grignard, Theodor Svedberg, William Crookes, Gerty Cori, and Paul Karrer. After him are Francis William Aston, Tu Youyou, Julius Lothar Meyer, Paul Sabatier, Fritz Pregl, and Adolf Butenandt.

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Among people born in 1728, Joseph Black ranks 3Before him are James Cook and Peter III of Russia. After him are Johann Heinrich Lambert, Anton Raphael Mengs, Chevalier d'Éon, Niccolò Piccinni, Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden, Étienne-Louis Boullée, Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, Robert Adam, and Antoine Baumé. Among people deceased in 1799, Joseph Black ranks 7Before him are George Washington, Qianlong Emperor, Pope Pius VI, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Pierre Beaumarchais, and Tipu Sultan. After him are Lazzaro Spallanzani, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Heshen, Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, and Victoire of France.

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In France

Among people born in France, Joseph Black ranks 539 out of 6,011Before him are Anaïs Nin (1903), Baldwin I, Latin Emperor (1172), William of Rubruck (1220), Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627), Rashi (1040), and William IX, Duke of Aquitaine (1071). After him are Charles II of Navarre (1332), Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636), Avitus (395), Gaston, Duke of Orléans (1608), René of Anjou (1409), and Carus (230).

Among CHEMISTS In France

Among chemists born in France, Joseph Black ranks 8Before him are Antoine Lavoisier (1743), Irène Joliot-Curie (1897), Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778), Henri Moissan (1852), Alfred Werner (1866), and Victor Grignard (1871). After him are Paul Sabatier (1854), Jacques Monod (1910), Claude Louis Berthollet (1748), Joseph Proust (1754), Michel Eugène Chevreul (1786), and Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier (1758).