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Joseph Black (1728 - 1799)

Joseph Black (1728 - 1799)

William Ramsay/The Gases of the Atmosphere 1896

Joseph Black:

Joseph Black was a Scottish physical chemist and pioneer of thermochemistry.

Birth:

April 16, 1728 in Bordeaux, France

Death:

November 10, 1799 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Claim to Fame:

Black was a Scottish chemist who was one of the founders of thermochemistry. He discovered that when ice melts, the temperature does not change leading to the idea of specific or latent heat. He also researched carbon dioxide or what he called 'fixed air'. This research led to the discovery of bicarbonates.

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