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Joseph Black

Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Death: Died in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Place of Burial: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of John Black and Margaret Gordon
Brother of N.N. Black

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About Joseph Black

Biographical Summary

Black, Joseph. 16/04/1728-06/12/1799. Ref: 153. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Bordeaux, France.
  • Place of Death: Edinburgh.
  • Place of interment: Greyfriars, Edinburgh.
  • Profession: Physician, Chemist.
  • Appointments Held: Professor 1756-, Anatomy & Chemistry later Medicine, Glasgow University; 1766-97, Medicine & Chemistry, Edinburgh University.
  • Schools and Tutors: Belfast Grammar School.
  • Undergraduate Studies: 1746 Languages & Natural Philosophy then Medicine, Glasgow University, 1751 Medicine Edinburgh University.
  • Postgraduate Studies: MD (Edinburgh 1754).
  • Marital Status: Unmarried.
  • Mother: Margaret Gordon.
  • Father: John Black, wine-merchant in Bordeaux, France.
  • Other Family: cousin of James Russell FRSE 1754-1836.
  • References: DNB 5, 1886, 109-112; Trans Roy Soc Edinb V, 101, (23/4/1801); A D C Simpson (Ed), Joseph Black 1728-1799, A Commemorative Symposium, Edinburgh 1981; Shapin 41; S Devlin-Thorp Scotland's Cultural Heritage, i, 1981;Gillispie 2, 173-83; W P Anderson 1931, 402-5.
  • Memberships: FRCPE (1767,President 1788-90),FPSG,Glasgow Literary Society, Academy of Science Paris, Academy of Science St Petersburg.
  • Date of Election: 17/11/1783.
  • Proposers: Founder Member.
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1783-6, President (Physical) 1786-99.
  • Edinburgh Philosophical Society: Residential.
  • Notes: Classical investigations on Carbon Dioxide, latent heat and specific heat.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002, pt. 1. A-J, page 86

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April 16, 1728
Bordeaux, France
December 6, 1799
Age 71
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland