Joseph Priestly Birthday (March 13th)

Joseph Priestly Birthday (March 13th)

Joseph priestly was the son of a cloth dresser who was born in the year 1733 in Leeds. The earlier life of Joseph was not so good because he nurtured by his aunt after the death of his mother in the year 1740.He also faced ill health during the early days of his studies however being an intelligent students Joseph became proficient in the subjects like physics, philosophy and some other languages too. After this he was made admitted in another non-conformist school named as Daventry Academy in Northampton shire. In this college Joseph priestly studied history. This is the place where Joseph read David Hartley's Observations of Man and got deeply influenced by the ideas in it.

Joseph priestly became a minister in Presbyterian Church in Needham market in the year 1755. Priestly also done his deeds in the filed of the teaching he went to Warrington to teach languages and rhetoric however he desired to teach mathematics and natural philosophy

At Warrington priestly published many books most of them were based on the history because he considered it as an important thing for the development of the world. He was also known to the world because of the history of electricity.  In this noble task many of his friends supported him namely as John canton, William Watson and Benjamin Franklin. These people supported priestly in conducting the experiments, which he required for writing the history of electricity. He was also served as the minister of Mill Hill chapel. He took the natural philosophy seriously however he considered it as a hobby. In his history of electricity he explained many things regarding the security and happiness of mind. The world of the priestly was mostly practical and rarely relied on the theory.

However the book of priestly that is history of electricity not gained any popularity and has only one edition. Along with it he was considered for the position of astronomer on James cook’s second voyage to the seas of the south but he was not selected for it. But the thing he contributed in the voyage is small but holds great significance he told the crew to make soda water which is the cure for scurvy. However scurvy was the only major ailment which the sea traveelers afraid of at that time.