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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 electricity and other areas of science. He was a close friend of, and worked in close association with Benjamin Franklin involving electricity experiments.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 1,638,583 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Joseph Priestley is the 108th most popular philosopher (up from 129th in 2019), the 130th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 161st in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Philosopher.

Joseph Priestley is most famous for his discovery of oxygen.

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Among philosophers, Joseph Priestley ranks 108 out of 1,081Before him are Ibn Taymiyyah, Theophrastus, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Henri de Saint-Simon, Jacques Derrida, and Aristippus. After him are Friedrich Fröbel, Philo, Eusebius, Pyrrho, Meister Eckhart, and Charles Fourier.

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

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Priestley ranks 130 out of 7,765Before him are Blackbeard (1680), Robert the Bruce (1274), William Gilbert (1544), Cary Grant (1904), Paul Dirac (1902), and Christopher Lee (1922). After him are Michael Caine (1933), Henry Purcell (1659), T. E. Lawrence (1888), Olav V of Norway (1903), George Boole (1815), and Æthelstan (895).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Joseph Priestley ranks 10Before him are David Hume (1711), Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), William of Ockham (1285), Jeremy Bentham (1748), and Roger Bacon (1220). After him are John Venn (1834), Duns Scotus (1265), John Wycliffe (1324), Alcuin (735), Pelagius (360), and Thomas Carlyle (1795).