1749 – Daniel Rutherford was born on November 3rd in Edinburgh. British chemist and physician who is credited with the discovery of nitrogen.
– Educated at the university there where his father held the first chair of the Theory and Practise of Medicine.
– He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and would go on to become its secretary and president.
1786 – He was appointed Professor of Medicine and Botany at Edinburgh as well as Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden.
– He also succeeded Dr Cullen as Physician to the Royal Infirmary.
– He was a pupil of Joseph Black who discovered carbon dioxide.
1772 – After the death of many mice Daniel described his discovery of ‘noxious’ or ‘phlogisticated’ air, now known as nitrogen.
– Daniel and his two sisters took ill on the same day and died within a weak of each other.
1819 – Died on November 15th.