Joseph Priestley

Statue of Joseph Priestley at Birstall

Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen, was born at Fieldhead in Birstall in 1733.

In the course of his experiments with "fixed air" (now known as carbon dioxide) Priestly discovered the process of "carbonation" - thereby creating soda water and effectively launching the fizzy soft drinks industry.

Besides his scientific work as a pioneering chemist Priestley was also an eminent theologian, clergyman and philosopher.

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