Joseph Priestley

1733 - 1804

Joseph Priestley

Joseph Priestley (; 24 March [O.S. 13 March] 1733 – 6 February 1804) was an English chemist, natural philosopher, separatist theologian, grammarian, multi-subject educator, and liberal political theorist who published over 150 works. He has historically been credited with the discovery of oxygen, having isolated it in its gaseous state, although Carl Wilhelm Scheele and Antoine Lavoisier also have strong claims to the discovery, Scheele having discovered it in 1772, two years before Priestley.During his lifetime, Priestley's considerable scientific reputation rested on his invention of carbonated water, his writings on electricity, and his discovery of several "airs" (gases), the most famous being what Priestley dubbed "dephlogisticated air" (oxygen). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Priestley has received more than 1,237,073 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 147th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Joseph Priestley ranks 146 out of 1,005Before him are Leucippus, Clement of Alexandria, Simone Weil, Al-Tabari, Chanakya, and Kabir. After him are Wilhelm Dilthey, Adi Shankara, Jean Baudrillard, Baron d'Holbach, Ferdinand Tönnies, and Louis Althusser.

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

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Priestley ranks 183 out of 5,347Before him are Alfred Marshall (1842), Æthelstan (895), Jeff Beck (1944), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), Theresa May (1956), and Alan Rickman (1946). After him are Brian Johnson (1947), Sting (1951), Terry Pratchett (1948), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Ian Fleming (1908), and Alexander Selkirk (1676).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Joseph Priestley ranks 12Before him are William of Ockham (1285), Roger Bacon (1220), Herbert Spencer (1820), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Duns Scotus (1265), and John Wycliffe (1324). After him are Alcuin (735), John Venn (1834), Thomas Carlyle (1795), William Godwin (1756), Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855), and A. S. Neill (1883).