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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 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 1,346,548 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Joseph Priestley is the 129th most popular philosopher (up from 145th in 2019), the 162nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 183rd in 2019) and the 12th most popular British Philosopher.

Joseph Priestley is most famous for his discovery of oxygen.

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Among PHILOSOPHERS

Among philosophers, Joseph Priestley ranks 129 out of 1,089Before him are Giambattista Vico, Marsilio Ficino, Oswald Spengler, Henri de Saint-Simon, Martin Buber, and Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab. After him are Herbert Marcuse, Ramon Llull, Al-Tabari, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Leucippus.

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Contemporaries

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

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Priestley ranks 162 out of 6,924Before him are Eric Clapton (1945), C. S. Lewis (1898), Rosalind Franklin (1920), Mark Knopfler (1949), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), and Humphry Davy (1778). After him are Mick Jagger (1943), Alfred Marshall (1842), William Gilbert (1544), Francis Crick (1916), Howard Carter (1874), and Anne, Queen of Great Britain (1665).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Joseph Priestley ranks 12Before him are Herbert Spencer (1820), William of Ockham (1285), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), John Wycliffe (1324), and Duns Scotus (1265). After him are Alcuin (735), John Venn (1834), Pelagius (360), William Godwin (1756), Thomas Carlyle (1795), and G. E. Moore (1873).