Humphrey Davy (1778-1829)


English chemist, was born in Penzance, in December 17th 1778, and died in Geneva, in May 29th 1829.

Davy became known due to his experiences of the physiological action of some gases. In 1801 was nominated professor at the Royal Institute and member of the Royal Society that he would later preside. Davy accomplished several discoveries in the field of electrochemistry. Some instruments have his name, like the Davy's lamp used by miners and presented to the Royal Society in November 9th 1815. This new lamp avoided the risk of methane explosion in the coal mines of Newcastle.