|First appearance||A Lesson in Electricity|
|Nicknames||Guy Fawkes, |
|Date of birth||March 13, 1733|
|Date of marriage||June 23, 1762|
|Date of death||February 16, 1804|
|Significant other||Mary Priestley (deceased)|
|Parents||Mary Swift (mother, deceased), |
Jonas Priestley (father, deceased)
|Children||Sarah Priestly (deceased), |
Joseph Priestly Jr.(deceased),
Henry Priestly (deceased)
|Other relatives||Sarah (aunt, deceased)|
Joseph Priestley wrote about Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment.
Joseph Priestley reads an entry in his journal from 1767, detailing the account of what Benjamin Franklin told him happened with his famous kite experiment, and which was kept a secret for several years.
After finishing reading, Joseph closes the journal and places it on a bookshelf, thinking that the world is not ready for what really happened and that it may never be.
- The introduction of A Lesson in Electricity misspells his last name as "Priestly".
- The real-life Joseph Priestley was born March 13, 1733, and died February 16, 1804. Joseph was an 18th-century British scientist, theologian, and political theorist. In 1767, he published the 700-page "The History and Present State of Electricity", where he documented Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment along with some of his own discoveries, including that electricity could be conducted through materials other than metals and water.
- Joseph Priestley was also one of the founders of modern-day chemistry. He wrote the six volume "Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" (1774–86), where he noted his discoveries of how to manufacture pure oxygen gas (O2) and several other gases (NO, HCl, NH3, N2O). He also isolated carbon monoxide (CO) during this time, but failed to realize it was a separate "air". Also, in 1775, he wrote "An Account of further Discoveries in Air", where he documented his discovery of sulfur dioxide (SO2).
- Another of Joseph's accomplishments was the invention of soda water (aka carbonated water). In 1772, Priestley published a paper entitled "Impregnating Water with Fixed Air" in which he describes dripping oil of vitriol (or sulfuric acid as it is now called) onto chalk to produce carbon dioxide gas (CO2), and encouraging the gas to dissolve into an agitated bowl of water.
- Joseph Priestley was a public supporter of the French Revolution, and this made him unpopular in England. In 1791, an angry mob burned his home and chapel in Birmingham, so he left England for the United States in 1794. Joseph settled permanently in Northumberland, PA, but visited Philadelphia, PA, where he gave a series of sermons and helped found the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.
- For other uses of Joseph, see Joseph (disambig).
- Joseph Priestley -- Wikipedia