Great Scots – Joseph Black

A Scottish Physicist/Chemist, known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent heat, specific heat and carbon dioxide.Indeed his theory of latent heat was one of his most important scientific contributions, and the one he has the most fame for.

He was Professor of Anatomy and Chemistry at the University of Glasgow from 1756-1766, and then Professor of Medicine and Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh from 1766-1796.

He was the sixth of twelve children, whose mother was Margaret Gordon from Aberdeenshire and father John Black from Belfast, who worked as a factor in the wine trade.

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