Sir Dr Humphry Davy PRS MRIA FGS 1st Baronet LLD
(1778-1829)

Died aged c. 51

Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet PRS MRIA FGS (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) was a Cornish chemist and inventor, who is best remembered today for isolating a series of substances for the first time: potassium and sodium in 1807 and calcium, strontium, barium, magnesium and boron the following year, as well as discovering the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. He also studied the forces involved in these separations, inventing the new field of electrochemistry.Berzelius called Davy's 1806 Bakerian Lecture On Some Chemical Agencies of Electricity "one of the best memoirs which has ever enriched the theory of chemistry."He was a Baronet, President of the Royal Society (PRS), Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), and Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS). He also invented the Davy Lamp and a very early form of incandescent light bulb.

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Sir Humphry Davy lived in this house in 1798 with Thomas Beddoes. M.D. whose son Thomas Lovell Beddoes. poet was born here 1803 Maria Edgeworth his aunt visited here

3 Rodney Place, Bristol, United Kingdom where they lived

The site of the birthplace of Sir Humphry Davy Bart LLD PRS 1778-1829

4 Market Jew Street, Penzance, United Kingdom where they was born (1778)

Professor of Chemistry Sir Humphry Davy 1778-1829. Properties of Nitrous Oxide 1799. Discovery of Elements by Electrolysis 1807. Miner's safety lamp 1815.

Anchor Road, Bristol, United Kingdom where they lived near