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 293,945 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph Black is the 43rd most popular chemist (up from 47th in 2019), the 537th most popular biography from France (down from 498th in 2019) and the 6th 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 43 out of 510Before him are Henrik Dam, Carl Bosch, Frederick Sanger, Hans Adolf Krebs, William Crookes, and Robert Bunsen. After him are Jan Baptist van Helmont, Paul Sabatier, Victor Grignard, Arthur Harden, Francis William Aston, and Alfred Werner.

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Among people born in 1728, Joseph Black ranks 4Before him are James Cook, Peter III of Russia, and Johann Heinrich Lambert. After him are Anton Raphael Mengs, Chevalier d'Éon, Niccolò Piccinni, Étienne-Louis Boullée, Robert Adam, Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden, Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, and John Hunter. Among people deceased in 1799, Joseph Black ranks 7Before him are George Washington, Pope Pius VI, Qianlong Emperor, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Pierre Beaumarchais, and Lazzaro Spallanzani. After him are Tipu Sultan, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Victoire of France, Étienne-Louis Boullée, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, and Heshen.

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In France

Among people born in France, Joseph Black ranks 537 out of 5,234Before him are Marcel Marceau (1923), Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), Mary of Guise (1515), J. M. G. Le Clézio (1940), William II of England (1056), and François Arago (1786). After him are Louis Aragon (1897), Niki de Saint Phalle (1930), Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France (1781), Louis, Prince of Condé (1530), Daniel Auber (1782), and Eugène Boudin (1824).

Among CHEMISTS In France

Among chemists born in France, Joseph Black ranks 6Before him are Louis Pasteur (1822), Antoine Lavoisier (1743), Irène Joliot-Curie (1897), Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778), and Henri Moissan (1852). After him are Paul Sabatier (1854), Victor Grignard (1871), Alfred Werner (1866), Claude Louis Berthollet (1748), Michel Eugène Chevreul (1786), and Jacques Monod (1910).