Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Carl Wilhelm Scheele

Swedish chemist

Date of Birth: 09-Dec-1742

Place of Birth: Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Date of Death: 21-May-1786

Profession: pharmacist, chemist, pharmacologist

Nationality: Sweden

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Carl Wilhelm Scheele

  • Carl Wilhelm Scheele (German: ['?e?l?], Swedish: [??e?l?]; 9 December 1742 – 21 May 1786) was a Swedish Pomeranian and German pharmaceutical chemist.
  • Isaac Asimov called him "hard-luck Scheele" because he made a number of chemical discoveries before others who are generally given the credit.
  • For example, Scheele discovered oxygen (although Joseph Priestley published his findings first), and identified molybdenum, tungsten, barium, hydrogen, and chlorine before Humphry Davy, among others.
  • Scheele discovered organic acids tartaric, oxalic, uric, lactic, and citric, as well as hydrofluoric, hydrocyanic, and arsenic acids.
  • He preferred speaking German to Swedish his whole life, as German was commonly spoken among Swedish pharmacists.

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