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J Ir Coll Physicians Surg. 1999 Oct;28(4):228-31.

Irish links of the multinational chemist Joseph Black (1728-1799).

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  • 1Department of Physiology, University College Dublin, Ireland.


Joseph Black (1728-1799) is remembered for his discovery of carbon dioxide and his characterisation of latent heat and specific heat. He was a chemist by chance, a physicist by inclination, and a physician by necessity. His discovery of carbon dioxide was as important for biology as it was for chemistry, and his work on heat laid a sound foundation for the study of temperature regulation in man and animals.

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