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  1. Black, Joseph Black(noun)

    British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)

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  1. Joseph Black

    Joseph Black FRSE FRCPE FPSG was a Scottish physician and chemist, known for his discoveries of latent heat, specific heat, and carbon dioxide. He was professor of Medicine at University of Glasgow. James Watt, who was appointed as philosophical instrument maker at the same university in 1775, consulted with Black on experiments with a small scale steam engine. Watt and Black also collaborated in a project to manufacture sodium hydroxide; however, Black was not known to have any business interest in the process, which did not enjoy commercial success. The chemistry buildings at both the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow are named after Black.

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