Carl Wilhelm Scheele, the discoverer of oxygen, and a very productive chemist.

  title={Carl Wilhelm Scheele, the discoverer of oxygen, and a very productive chemist.},
  author={John B. West},
  journal={American journal of physiology. Lung cellular and molecular physiology},
  volume={307 11},
Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742-1786) has an important place in the history of the discovery of respiratory gases because he was undoubtedly the first person to prepare oxygen and describe some of its properties. Despite this, his contributions have often been overshadowed by those of Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier, who also played critical roles in preparing the gas and understanding its nature. Sadly, Scheele was slow to publish his discovery and therefore Priestley is rightly recognized… CONTINUE READING

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