Sir Humphry Davy, Baron I was a Cornish chemist and inventor who invented the Davy lamp and a very early form of arc lamp. He is also remembered for isolating, using electricity, first a variety of elements: potassium and sodium in 1807 and calcium, strontium, barium, magnesium and boron the following year, as well as discovering the nature. elemental chlorine. and boron. iodine. Davy also studied the forces involved in this splitting, inventing a new field of electrochemistry. In 1799, he experimented with nitrous oxide and was amazed at how it made him laugh, so he named it "laughing gas" and wrote about its potential anesthetic properties for pain relief during surgery. Davy is a baron, President of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the American Philosophical Association.
|Born||December 17, 1778, Penzance, Cornwall, England|
|Died||May 29, 1829, Geneva, Switzerland|
|Institutions||Royal Society, Royal Institution|
|Known for||Electrolysis, aluminium, sodium, potassium, calcium, strontium, magnesium, barium, boron, Davy lamp|
|Influenced||Michael Faraday, William Thomson|
|Notable awards||Copley Medal (1805), Prix du galvanisme (1807), Rumford Medal (1816), Royal Medal (1827)|
English chemist and inventor who most notably discovered several alkali and alkaline earth metals. In 1815, he invented the Davy Lamp, which was used in coal mines because it was a safer alternative to previous mine lamps.
He was an apprentice to French surgeon Bingham Borlase.
Beginning in 1877, The Royal Society of London awarded an annual Davy Medal to an outstanding chemist.
He was married to Grace Millet.
He and Louis Pasteur both made important contributions to the field of chemistry.
- Buried at the Kings Cemetery
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- Those who learned at Truro Cathedral School
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- Royal Association President
- Discoverer of the chemical element
- Athenaeum Club members, London
- 18th century English poets
- Zoological Society London Fellows
- The men of the industrial revolution
- Copley Medal Recipient
- British chemists
- 18th century English writers
- Royal Medal Winner
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- 19th century English writers
Latest information about Humphry Davy updated on June 14 2021.