Dr Joseph Black, M.D. (person)
Dates: 1728 - 1799
Location: University of Glasgow
Summary: Dr Joseph Black is perhaps most famous for the fact that he discovered carbon dioxide. He started his work in early 1750- 52 and began on a basic magnesium carbonate which he called 'magnesia alba'. He did the first gravimetric weight measurements on the changes when magnesia alba was heated and CO2 was released. With the substance produced, he then began to test this and reacted it with alkalis and acids.