J. Priestley, L.L.D. F.R.S.
Engraving. 165 x 114mm. 6½ x 4½".
Joseph Priestely, FRS (1733-1804) was an English theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philsopher, chemist, educator, and political theorist who published over 150 works. He was renowned for his discovery of Oxygen, and prepared various gases including ammonia, sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide - hence the invention of soda water in 1772. Priestley also did experiments with electricity and his associates included Benjamin Franklin and even Thomas Jefferson. He even encouraged James Watt towards chemical research. He formed a very close friendship with Franklin. Priestley was an avid supporter of the American and French Revolutions, and his radical social and religious views drove him to emigrate to America in 1794 settling in Franklins town of Philadelphia.
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