Sir Humphry Davy

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Sir Humphry Davy

In 1815 Humphry Davy invented the Davy lamp. The Davy lamp was a lamp meant for mining. In post-Davy-lamp times regular means of lighting the mines were dangerous and ended in an explosion. This was due to a flame being exposed to high levels of methane gas that became more concentrated deeper in the mines.

Sir Humphry Davy got his early education Truro Grammar School. Later in 1795 he beame a surgeon's apprentice. (As he was persuing a medical career.) It wasn't until 1797 that he took up chemisty. He was fired from his apprenticeship becaue of all the explosions he caused while on his break.

Humphry Davy is mostly known for his contributions to the discovery of iodine and chlorine. In addition to this Davy did many studies on theraputic effects of nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

Born: December 17, 1778 in Penzance Cornwall in the United KingdomDied: May 29, 1829, Geneva SwitzerlandCountry: United Kingdom Family life: He was born into a middle class family and was well educated. However in his younger years as a boy he showed natural intelligence in his talents for writing poetry, fiction, and showing high levels of curiosity.


Sir Humphry Davy

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Research Work from Humphry Davy

Laughing Gas Discovery Video

Davy Lamp


Sadly, at age 16 Davy lost his father. He did however keep a father figure in his life. This man was Gregory Watt, who was a lodger for Mrs. Davy. Gregory essentially became a new father figure for Davy. The two had a strong relationship which later influenced and inspired Davy during his career. He later introduced Gregory Watt to the notice of the Royal Institution in London.

Sir Humphry Davy's works "Essays On MAI and Light, with a New Theory of Respiration" and "Researches, Chemical and Philosophical chiefly concerning Nitrous Oxide and its Respiration" both gained worldwide recognition and are now considered his greatest. He also impacted the science community through his resaerch of the elements. His works "Elements of Chemical Philosophy", and "Elements of Agricultural Chemistry".

Awards won in Humphry's lifetime-Copley award: 1805Royal medal: 1827Rumford medal: 1816


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