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Joseph Priestley

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Joseph Priestley
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First appearance A Lesson in Electricity
In-story stats
Known ability None
Nicknames Guy Fawkes,
Age 70
Date of birth March 13, 1733
Date of marriage June 23, 1762
Date of death February 16, 1804
Occupations Writer, scientist
Significant other Mary Priestley (deceased)
Parents Mary Swift (mother, deceased),
Jonas Priestley (father, deceased)
Children Sarah Priestly (deceased),
Joseph Priestly Jr.(deceased),
William Priestly(deceased),
Henry Priestly (deceased)
Sibling five siblings
Other relatives Sarah (aunt, deceased)

Joseph Priestley wrote about Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment.

Character History

Graphic Novel:A Lesson in Electricity

Joseph Priestley reads an entry in his journal from 1767, detailing the account of what Benjamin Franklin told him happened with his famous kite experiment, and which was kept a secret for several years.

After finishing reading, Joseph closes the journal and places it on a bookshelf, thinking that the world is not ready for what really happened and that it may never be.



  • The real-life Joseph Priestley was born March 13, 1733, and died February 16, 1804. Joseph was an 18th-century British scientist, theologian, and political theorist. In 1767, he published the 700-page "The History and Present State of Electricity", where he documented Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment along with some of his own discoveries, including that electricity could be conducted through materials other than metals and water.
  • Joseph Priestley was also one of the founders of modern-day chemistry. He wrote the six volume "Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" (1774–86), where he noted his discoveries of how to manufacture pure oxygen gas (O2) and several other gases (NO, HCl, NH3, N2O). He also isolated carbon monoxide (CO) during this time, but failed to realize it was a separate "air". Also, in 1775, he wrote "An Account of further Discoveries in Air", where he documented his discovery of sulfur dioxide (SO2).
  • Another of Joseph's accomplishments was the invention of soda water (aka carbonated water). In 1772, Priestley published a paper entitled "Impregnating Water with Fixed Air" in which he describes dripping oil of vitriol (or sulfuric acid as it is now called) onto chalk to produce carbon dioxide gas (CO2), and encouraging the gas to dissolve into an agitated bowl of water.
  • Joseph Priestley was a public supporter of the French Revolution, and this made him unpopular in England. In 1791, an angry mob burned his home and chapel in Birmingham, so he left England for the United States in 1794. Joseph settled permanently in Northumberland, PA, but visited Philadelphia, PA, where he gave a series of sermons and helped found the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.

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Franklin-Related Graphic Novel Characters edit

Mr. BradyBenjamin FranklinDeborah FranklinWilliam FranklinJoseph Priestley

See Also: A Lesson in ElectricityGraphic Novel CharactersOther Characters