Barium

1774,1808

Barium

The book of science

Tom Sharp


Uppsala, LondonCarl Wilhelm Scheele, Humphry Davy elements

Barium

Atomic number 56

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Carl Wilhelm Scheele discovered oxygen three years before Priestly, but Priestley was first to publish. Scheele discovered chlorine but misidentified it. He almost isolated manganese, and almost isolated barium. Acumulated exposure to acids and heavy metals contributed to his death at the age of 43.

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