1774,1808 Barium

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Tom Sharp

Uppsala, LondonCarl Wilhelm Scheele, Humphry Davy elements Barium


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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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