On This Day – September 30 : Carl Wilhelm Scheele sent a letter to Antoine Lavoisier announcing the discovery of oxygen (O) on this day in 1774

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Unfortunately the letter from the Swedish chemist was never acknowledged and Joseph Priestley published the discovery first. Scheele was trounced in the announcement of other discoveries as well. For this reason, Isaac Asimov nicknamed him “hard-luck Scheele”.

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What happened today in chemistry? Explore 366 days of chemistry history at On This Day in Chemistry, an RSC Learn Chemistry site. rsc.li/chemistry-calendar