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Joseph Priestley, British chemist

Joseph Priestley, British chemist

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Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), British chemist and clergyman. Best known as the discoverer of oxygen, Priestley carried out a range of research into the composition and nature of air. He was the first to recognise that respiration in animals produces carbon dioxide, whereas in plants it produces oxygen. His work on carbon dioxide led to soda water and other carbonated drinks. This engraving is based on the painting by US artist Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). The painting dates from between 1794 and 1800. This 19th-century stipple engraving by W. Holl was made while the painting was owned by T. B. Barclay of Liverpool.

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