Pneumatic trough used by Professor Joseph Black

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Pneumatic trough used by Professor Joseph Black

This pneumatic trough belonged to Professor Joseph Black. It was used during chemical experiments to collect gases like carbon dioxide.

One of a collection of apparatus and instruments from Edinburgh University used by Professors Black, Hope and Gregory - a pneumatic trough used by Dr Joseph Black in the collection of fixed air etc

Joseph Black, 1728-1799, is considered one of the greatest researchers and teachers of chemistry and physics. He wrote a graduation paper which identified carbon dioxide within air ('fixed air') for the first time and went on to develop theories on latent heat and specific heat.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-884-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1858.275.2
Date: 18th century
c. 1785
What: Trough
Who: Joseph Black (owner)
Where: Scotland
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