Joseph Priestley

1733 - 1804

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Joseph Priestley (; 24 March 1733 – 6 February 1804) was an English chemist, natural philosopher, separatist theologian, grammarian, multi-subject educator, and liberal political theorist. He published over 150 works, and conducted experiments in several areas of science. Priestley is credited with his independent discovery of oxygen by the thermal decomposition of mercuric oxide, having isolated it in 1774. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Priestley has received more than 1,908,546 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Joseph Priestley is the 127th most popular philosopher (down from 106th in 2019), the 157th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 130th in 2019) and the 11th most popular British Philosopher.

Joseph Priestley is most famous for his discovery of oxygen.

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Among philosophers, Joseph Priestley ranks 127 out of 1,267Before him are Mozi, Charles Fourier, John Venn, Ramon Llull, Bonaventure, and Philo. After him are Hans-Georg Gadamer, Ernst Cassirer, Marsilio Ficino, Friedrich Fröbel, Swami Vivekananda, and Isocrates.

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Among people born in 1733, Joseph Priestley ranks 1After him are Victoire of France, Magtymguly Pyragy, Christoph Martin Wieland, Siraj ud-Daulah, Carsten Niebuhr, Hubert Robert, Jean-Charles de Borda, Charles of Saxony, Duke of Courland, Gottfried van Swieten, Daniel Solander, and Christoph Friedrich Nicolai. Among people deceased in 1804, Joseph Priestley ranks 2Before him is Immanuel Kant. After him are Alexander Hamilton, Jacques Necker, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, Pierre Méchain, Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, Princess Carolina of Parma, and Jean-Charles Pichegru.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Priestley ranks 157 out of 8,785Before him are Henry Purcell (1659), John Venn (1834), Tim Berners-Lee (1955), John, King of England (1166), James VI and I (1566), and Alfred Russel Wallace (1823). After him are Catherine Parr (1512), Catherine Howard (1523), Thomas Young (1773), J. K. Rowling (1965), Alfred Marshall (1842), and Francis Crick (1916).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Joseph Priestley ranks 11Before him are Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), William of Ockham (1285), and John Venn (1834). After him are Duns Scotus (1265), John Wycliffe (1324), Pelagius (360), William Godwin (1756), G. E. Moore (1873), and Thomas Carlyle (1795).