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Priestley, Joseph
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(Mar 13, 1733, Yorkshire, England – Feb 6, 1804, Northumberland, PA, USA), British scientist and religious Nonconformist. From 1751 Priestley, a Presbyterian, studied at the Dissenters’ Academy in Daventry. Before the age of 20 he had already mastered several languages, including Arabic and Syriac. He also devoted himself to the study of chemistry. His active interest in both these areas lasted throughout his life (in science he became famous for his research into the composition of oxygen). From 1755…

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Walters, Kerry S., “Priestley, Joseph”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 September 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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