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Humphry Davy
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Born in Penzance, Cornwall
Born on 17th of December 1778
Died on 29th of May 1829

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Born 1778 Died 1829 Geneva. Chemist

An esteemed British chemist and physicist, his lectures attracted many spectators. Well known for his experiments with the physiological action of some gases, especially nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to which he was addicted ! In 1801 he was nominated professor at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and Fellow of the Royal Society, and spent many years studying electrolysis and electrochemistry. In 1812 he was knighted, and in 1813 his book Elements of Agricultural Chemistry was published. He invented the Davy Lamp in 1815 which was used by miners.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/davy_humphrey.shtm The BBC page on Davy
http://www.humphry-davy.cornwall.sch.uk/ The Humphrey Davy school in Cornwall

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