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

Died aged c. 51

Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet PRS MRIA FGS FRS (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) 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, by using electricity, a series of elements for the first time: potassium and sodium in 1807 and calcium, strontium, barium, magnesium and boron the following year, as well as for discovering the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. Davy also studied the forces involved in these separations, inventing the new field of electrochemistry. In 1799 he experimented with nitrous oxide and was astonished at how it made him laugh, so he nicknamed it "laughing gas" and wrote about its potential anaesthetic properties in relieving pain during surgery. Davy was a baronet, President of the Royal Society (PRS), Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS), and a member of the American Philosophical Society (elected 1810). 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."

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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