Next Article in Journal / Special Issue
Lung Diffusing Capacity in Dutch Special Operations Forces Divers Exposed to Oxygen Rebreathers over 18 Years
Previous Article in Journal / Special Issue
An Inexpensive Incubator for Mammalian Cell Culture Capable of Regulating O2, CO2, and Temperature
Review

A Brief History of Oxygen: 250 Years on

Department of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
Academic Editor: César Augusto Correia de Sequeira
Oxygen 2022, 2(1), 31-39; https://doi.org/10.3390/oxygen2010004
Received: 23 February 2022 / Revised: 9 March 2022 / Accepted: 11 March 2022 / Published: 15 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Oxygen)
Although there has been some controversy surrounding exactly when oxygen was first discovered, it is likely that that accolade should go to Carl Wilhelm Scheele, who isolated oxygen in 1772, or even a year earlier. Others since then have been given the credit for the instrumental work leading to the discovery including Joseph Priestley in 1774 and Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier. Oxygen, a paramagnetic, diradical gaseous (at room temperature) molecule, is instrumental to life as we know it. It is also crucial to some medical therapies, used in multiple industries and has even been found on other planets. The importance of oxygen cannot be overplayed. Now, 250 years since oxygen was discovered, it is timely to revisit some of the history, the controversies and look at how oxygen has evolved during that time. Here, a few of the highlights in oxygen research are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: ageing; exoplanets; hypoxia; Lavoisier; medical therapies; mitochondria; oxygen; Priestley; Scheele ageing; exoplanets; hypoxia; Lavoisier; medical therapies; mitochondria; oxygen; Priestley; Scheele
MDPI and ACS Style

Hancock, J.T. A Brief History of Oxygen: 250 Years on. Oxygen 2022, 2, 31-39. https://doi.org/10.3390/oxygen2010004

AMA Style

Hancock JT. A Brief History of Oxygen: 250 Years on. Oxygen. 2022; 2(1):31-39. https://doi.org/10.3390/oxygen2010004

Chicago/Turabian Style

Hancock, John T. 2022. "A Brief History of Oxygen: 250 Years on" Oxygen 2, no. 1: 31-39. https://doi.org/10.3390/oxygen2010004

Find Other Styles

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop