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20c 250th Birth Anniversary of Joseph Priestley 1983
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20c 250th Birth Anniversary of Joseph Priestley 1983
Category: Commemorative Stamps
Tags: 20c | 250th | Birth | Anniversary | Joseph | Priestley | discoverer | oxygen | 1983|
Stamp Title:
20c 250th Birth Anniversary of Joseph Priestley 1983
Issue Year:
1983  
Date of Issue:
13th April, 1983  
Size:
Face Value:
20c 
Stanley Gibbons Catalogue No:
2026  
Scott Catalogue No:
2038
Printer:
American Bank Note Company 
Issue Copies:
165,000,000 
Designer(s):
Dennis Lyall
Theme(s):
Personality
Description:
20c 250th Birth Anniversary of Joseph Priestley (discoverer of oxygen) 1983.

Born in England, Priestly was an intellectual who laid the foundation for the science of chemistry. Priestly discovered oxygen and the method of adding carbon dioxide to liquids. Largely self-educated, Priestly was fluid in nine languages and wrote extensively. Priestly supported the French and American Revolutions. English loyalists burned his home and destroyed his laboratory. Encouraged by his friendship with Benjamin Franklin, Priestly emigrated to America and settled in Northumberland, Pennsylvania. He is credited with establishing the first Unitarian Church in America.