Tellurian

Description (Brief)
Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) used this tellurian in his Northumberland, Pennsylvania laboratory. Priestley, the noted chemist whose accomplishments include the discovery of oxygen, was born in England. He lived and worked in Birmingham for many years, but his views as a Dissenter and an advocate of the French Revolution incited an angry mob into burning down his house and laboratory. In 1794 he fled to America, eventually settling in Northumberland, near Philadelphia. His great-great-granddaughter, Frances Priestley, donated his surviving laboratory ware to the Smithsonian in 1883.
Source:
National Museum of American History Accession File #13305
Location
Currently not on view
ID Number
PH.315353
accession number
13305
catalog number
315353
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Joseph Priestley
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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