Sir Humphrey Davy


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Noun1.Sir Humphrey Davy - English chemist who was a pioneer in electrochemistry and who used it to isolate elements sodium and potassium and barium and boron and calcium and magnesium and chlorine (1778-1829)Sir Humphrey Davy - English chemist who was a pioneer in electrochemistry and who used it to isolate elements sodium and potassium and barium and boron and calcium and magnesium and chlorine (1778-1829)
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George Stephenson and the scientist Sir Humphrey Davy each claimed to have been the inventor of what?
He is also synonymous with the mining community for his work with Sir Humphrey Davy and the creation of the miners' safety lamp that was to eventually save the lives of thousands who worked underground.
Sir Humphrey Davy, a colleague in many of these chemical experiments, said "he was equally distinguished as a natural philosopher and a chemist, and his inventions demonstrate his profound knowledge of those sciences," and that Watt had "that peculiar characteristic of genius, the union of them for practical application." However, Watt himself confessed that he was not a businessman, writing, "I would rather face a loaded cannon than settle an account." This is where Matthew Boulton played his part, managing the business side of Boulton & Watt, leaving his partner free from the financial worries that had filled his early career and allowing him to mix with the finest scientific minds in Britain and Europe.
Sir Humphrey Davy and his safety lamp for coal miners.
Sir Humphrey Davy discoverer of many chemical processes and inventor of a mining safety lamp that he never patented wrote: "For I have tasted of that sacred stream, of science, whose delicious water flows, from Nature's bosom." Painters and artists were similarly inspired by the national fascination with science.
Other writers on the subject included Robert Venables (1612-87), one of Cromwell's generals, and the scientist Sir Humphrey Davy (Salmonia, 1828).
1778: Sir Humphrey Davy, chemist and inventor of the miner's safety lamp, was born in Penzance.