Karl Wilhelm Scheele

(1742—1786) Swedish chemist

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Swedish chemist, who became an apothecary and in 1775 set up his own pharmacy at Köping. He made many chemical discoveries. In 1772 he prepared oxygen (see also Lavoisier, Antoine;Priestley, Joseph) and in 1774 he isolated chlorine. He also discovered manganese, glycerol, hydrocyanic (prussic) acid, citric acid, and many other substances.

Subjects: Chemistry.

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