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at Birstall on March 13, 1733
Died: February 6, 1804 in Philadelphia

Joseph Priestley is best known for discovering oxygen or 'good air'. This "good" air, which accounted for about twenty per cent of atmospheric air, he named dephlogisticated air.

The carbonated beverages of today trace their origin to Priestley's initial experiments with fixed air (carbon dioxide).

He simplified experimental techniques for the preparation and collection of gases

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Famous Quotes:
" I have discovered an air five or six times as good as common air."

"I am going to sleep as well as you: for death is only a good long sleep in the grave, and we shall meet again."

"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate."