Who Discovered Carbon Dioxide?


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Scottish physician and chemist Joseph Black discovered carbon dioxide on June 11, 1754. He noticed that heating calcium carbonate produced a gas much heavier than air. He also noted that it could put out fire. He called the gas "fixed air."

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Who Discovered Carbon Dioxide?
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Joseph Black was born on April 16, 1728 in Bordeaux, France, and was one of 15 children. When he was 12, Joseph Black attended a school in Belfast, Ireland, where he learned Greek and Latin. He attended both Edinburgh and Glasgow University as a young man, and the chemistry buildings at both universities are named after him. He is well-known for his discoveries involving specific heat and latent heat along with his discovery of carbon dioxide.

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