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The Life and Times of Joseph Priestley

The Life and Times of Joseph Priestley
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26 Jun 2019 12pm - 1pm

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Speakman Lecture Theatre, Clothworkers Central Building

University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Join us to learn about the namesake of the Priestley Centre, Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), a British natural philosopher, preacher and polymath who is credited with the discovery of oxygen and conducted early experiments on the carbon cycle. The work won him the Royal Society Copley Medal, the most prestigious award of its kind.

He worked in Leeds from 1767-1773 at Mill Hill Chapel in City Square, where his statue still stands, and during his time there he experimented with carbon dioxide from the local brewery, capturing the gas and impregnating water with it to create soda water.

This inspirational Yorkshire scientist is the namesake of the Priestley International Centre for Climate. Today his work feeds into models of how oceans are acting as sinks for carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that is a major contributor to climate change. Read more about Joseph Priestley and his work in our blog.

This lecture will be delivered by John Lydon.

No need to register. All welcome.

Image Info: Tim Green, Flickr

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Wheelchair Access

Entry is via the front of the lecture theatre where there is level access into the room. The door providing access to the lecture theatre can be operated by a push pad. There is a waiting space for a wheelchair and a height adjustable desk, which can be manoeuvred into place.

Priestley International Centre for Climate
  • Wheelchair access
  • Talk
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