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Humphry Davy

a.k.a. Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet

Author Code: ESHD

Born: Dec. 17, 1778 - Penzance, Cornwall, England

Died: May 29, 1829 - Geneva, Switzerland

Educated at Truro, Davy possessed an inquisitive scientific mind from an early age. In 1794, he became a surgeon's apprentice and began experimenting in chemistry. It was at this time that he became acquainted with various notables including Thomas Beddoes, Davies Gilbert and Gregory Watt, the son of James Watt. In 1798, Davy became the superintendent of experiments at the Pneumatic Institution at Bristol. During this period, he produced a number of scientific papers, including On Heat, Light and the Combination of Light (1799). When the Royal Institution was formed in London in 1799, Davy was already recognized by many members as a force in chemical research. In 1801, he was appointed by them to be the assistant lecturer in chemistry and the director of the chemical laboratory. Later that year he became professor of the Royal Institution and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Over the next decade, Davy made numerous experiments in the field of chemistry which included the discovery of sodium, potassium, magnesium, boron, barium and chlorine. He was a very popular lecturer at the Institute for a number of years. He was knighted in 1812 and the following year was awarded a medal in France for his electro-chemical work. While in Paris, he discovered iodine. He traveled throughout Europe from 1813 to 1815. Returning to England, he invented the Davy lamp for coal miners. In 1819, he was awarded a baronetcy and in 1820 was elected president of the Royal Society. Over the years, his experiments had taken their toll and his health failed while he was visiting Switzerland. His works include Researches, Chemical and Philosophical (1800), Elements of Chemical Philosophy (1812), Discourses to the Royal Society (1827), Salmonia; or Days of Fly Fishing (1828) and Consolations in Travel; or the Last Days of a Philosopher (1830 Posthumous).

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ESHD002 Consolations in Travel: Or, The Last Days of a Philosopher 1830 Posthumous 67 437k eBook Download PDF - 'Consolations in Travel: Or, The Last Days of a Philosopher' (ESHD002) Find a printed copy of Consolations in Travel: Or, The Last Days of a Philosopher by Humphry Davy at AbeBooks
ESHD003 The Decomposition of the Fixed Alkalies and Alkaline Earths 1807-1808 24 179k eBook Download PDF - 'The Decomposition of the Fixed Alkalies and Alkaline Earths' (ESHD003)   Download ePub - 'The Decomposition of the Fixed Alkalies and Alkaline Earths' (ESHD003) Find a printed copy of The Decomposition of the Fixed Alkalies and Alkaline Earths by Humphry Davy at AbeBooks
ESHD001 The Elementary Nature of Chlorine 1809-1818 39 285k eBook Download PDF - 'The Elementary Nature of Chlorine' (ESHD001) Find a printed copy of The Elementary Nature of Chlorine by Humphry Davy at AbeBooks

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