NT2573 : Joseph Black's Grave, Greyfriars Kirkyard

taken 12 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Joseph Black's Grave, Greyfriars Kirkyard
Joseph Black's Grave, Greyfriars Kirkyard
While Professor of Chemistry at Glasgow, Black discovered latent heat which opened the way for James Watt's improved steam-engine.

The inscription reads, "Joseph Black, Doctor of Medicine,-born in France, but a British subject, his father being a native of Ireland, and his mother of Scotland,-first a student in the University of Glasgow, and afterwards in that of Edinburgh, was a most distinguished Professor of Chemistry in both Universities; a felicitous interpreter of nature; acute, cautious, and skilful in research; eloquent in description; the first dicoverer of carbonic acid and latent heat,-died in the 71st year of his age, AD 1799. His friends, who were wont to esteem his worth and abilities, have sought to mark out the spot which contains his body by this marble, as long as it shall last."

"In this attitude [seated at dinner with a cup of milk in his hands which were resting on his knees] he expired, without spilling a drop, and without a writhe to his countenance, as if an experiment had been required to show to his friends the facility with which he departed." -- Prof. John Robison describing Joseph Black's death in 1799, Lectures on the Elements of Chemistry
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