Discovery and first uses of Nitrous Oxide

Discovery

The discovery of nitrous is credited to English scientist Ioseph Priestley, in 1772, although it seems he was not aware of its anaesthetics properties or possible uses. In 1775 he published his discovery in Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air, where he details the production of nitrous oxide, or “nitrous air diminished” as he named it, by heating iron fillings dampened with nitric acid. Continue reading