Joseph Black

(1728—1799) chemist and physician

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British chemist and physician, born in France. He studied at Glasgow and Edinburgh, where his thesis (1754) contained the first accurate description of the chemistry of carbon dioxide. In 1757 he discovered latent heat, and was the first to distinguish between heat and temperature.

Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Philosophy.

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