Joseph Priestley and the Discovery of Oxygen

By the age of 34, Priestley was a well-established and respected member of Britain’s scientific community. He was still paying a price for his religious nonconformity, however. When the explorer Captain James Cook was preparing for his second voyage, Priestley was offered the position of science adviser. But the offer was rescinded under pressure from Anglican authorities who protested his theology, which was evolving into a strongly Unitarian position that denied the doctrine of the trinity…more: