Humphry Davy Facts

Humphry Davy Facts
Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet (17 December 1778 to 29 May 1829) was a Cornish chemist and inventor. His most important contribution was the discovery of the elemental natures of chlorine and iodine.
Interesting Humphry Davy Facts:
Humphrey Davy was born in Penzance, England, and moved to Ludgvan when he was nine.
During the school year he boarded with John Tonkin while he attended Truro Grammar School.
On 10 February 1795 he was apprenticed to a surgeon in Penzance and developed his life-long interest in chemistry in the apothecary's dispensary.
Dr. Thomas Beddoes and Professor Hailstone were working on a project on the Cornish coast when they met Davy.
Dr. Beddoes was looking for an assistant, and when shown Davy's paper, "Young Man's Researches on Heat and Light," offered him the post.
On 2 October 1798 Davy joined the Pneumatic Institution, which was established to study the medical powers of various gases.
During his experiments, Davy became addicted to nitrous oxide and in his notebooks observed that it might be an effective anesthesia in surgery.
He almost died in his experimental inhaling of quarts of carbon monoxide and described his pulse as "threadlike and beating with excessive quickness."
His many scientific writings include "On Heat, Light and the Combinations of Light," "On Phos-oxygen and its Combinations," and "Theory of Respiration."
In 1799 Count Rumford established the Royal Institution, and in 1801 Davy accepted a position as assistant lecturer in chemistry, directory of the chemistry laboratory, and assistant editor of the institution's journals.
On 25 April 1801 he gave his first lecture on the subject of Galvanism, and by June his lectures drew large audiences and garnered rave reviews.
By June 1802 Davy was promoted to full lecturer at the Royal Institute, and in November 1804 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society.
He pioneered the use of electrolysis to split common compounds and discover the pure elements in their composition.
In 1907 he discovered potassium by using electrolysis on caustic potash and used the same technique on sodium hydroxide to isolate pure sodium.
He was the first to isolate magnesium, boron, and barium.
In 1810 he discovered that chlorine was an element and gave it its name.

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