The Life and Times of Dr Joseph Priestley

1733 - 1804 (c.)

Image: Plaque to Joseph Priestley on the wall of St Michael’s Catholic Church, Birmingham, formerly Priestley’s New Meeting House.

Photograph: Roy Billingham

Text: P M Jones


This article was originally presented in a public day school, “Joseph Priestley and Birmingham” organised by the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 28 February 2004. The paper by Professor Peter Jones provides an overview of Priestley’s life and times.

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5235-0The Life and Times of Dr Joseph Priestley 4509-0Introduction 4492-0Priestley’s Origins 5237-0Priestley’s Education 4521-0Priestley’s Early Career 4508-0Priestley and Lavoisier 4514-0Priestley and Nonconformist Leaders 4941-0Priestley and Birmingham 4066-0Priestley and Birmingham 4538-0Explaining the Priestley Riots 4485-0The Priestley Riots and their Aftermath 4524-0Priestley and America 4066-0Conclusion