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Joseph Priestly was an English chemist and a natural philosopher He was born in Fieldhead England on March 13 1733 and died on February 6 1804 He was the oldest of six children three brothers and two sisters His mother was a farmers daughter and his father was dresser and finisher of cloth With his mother being so young and having children so quickly Joseph was sent to live on his grandfathers farm After his mothers death he moved back in with his father however he was later adopted by hi Aunt Sarah his fathers sister when he was nine His aunts house is where he was exposed to discussions of theological questioning for many of the ministers in the neighborhood were welcome there Joseph lived with his aunt until she died in 1764 Joseph spoke many languages At a young age he learned Latin and Greek in school and on holidays he was taught Hebrew In his mid teens he came down with tuberculosis of the lungs while he was recovering from his illness he tau ght himself French Italian and German He also learned how to speak Chaldean Arabic and Syrian Privately he learned the rudiments of algebra and geometry Throughout his childhood Joseph wanted to be a minister He attended the Academy of Daventry where he learned the traditional subjects as well as natural and experimental philosophy This was where his interest in natural phenomena and experimentation were encouraged He preached at Nantwich in Cheshire where the congregation was more accepting of his unorthodox theology He later became a school teacher and private tutor He was also a minister in Leeds and Birmingham His views on the French Revolution caused his home and chapel to get burnt down Because of this he moved to Pennsylvania three years after Joseph Priestlys scientific works covered chemistry physics electricity magnetism and optics His chemical studies included fixed air carbon dioxide nitrous air nitric oxide
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