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Humphry Davy (1788-1829)

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 17 Dec 1778  CEEnglish chemist, Humphry Davy (1788-1829), a woodcarver's son, was born in Penzance.
  2 Oct 1798  CEHumphry Davy left Penzance to take up chemistry and was taken on by Dr Thomas Beddoes, as an assistant at his Medical Pneumatic Institution in in Clifton near Bristol.
    1799  CEHumphrey Davy published details of his research in his book 'Researches, Chemical and Philosophical'. This led to Davy being appointed as a lecturer at the Royal Institution.
    1800  CEHumphry Davy announces the anaesthetic properties of nitrous oxide.
 16 Feb 1801  CEHumphry Davy went to the Royal Philosophical Institute in London where he first worked as an assistant. He later became teacher for chemistry and electro-chemistry.
    1801  CEHumphry Davy shows an Electric arc
 31 May 1802  CEHumphry Davy becomes a professor of chemistry.
    1802  CEHumphry Davy discovered and founded Electrochemistry.
    1803  CEHumphrey Davy became a fellow of the Royal Society.
    1805  CEHumphrey Davy was awarded the Royal Society's prestigious Copley medal.
 20 Nov 1806  CEHumphry Davy delivers his first Royal Society 'Baker' lecture.
 19 Nov 1807  CEHumphry Davy delivers his second Royal Society 'Baker' lecture about his research results.
    1807  CEEnglish Chemist Humphry Davy invented electrolysis.
    1807  CEHumphry Davy isolated the element 11, Sodium (Na) and element 19, Potasium (K) by electrolysis.
    1807  CEHumphry Davy becomes one of the three secretary of the Royal Society.
    1808  CEDavy, Gay-Lussac and Thenard isloated element 5, Boron (B).
    1808  CESir Humphry Davy isolates the element 12, Magnesium (Mg), element 38, Strontium (Sr), element 56, Barium (Ba) and element 20, Calcium (Ca).
  8 Apr 1812  CEHumphrey Davy was knighted by King George III.
    1812  CEHumphry Davy married Jane Apreece, born Kerr.
   Apr 1813  CEHumphry Davy resigned from the Royal Institution professorship. His successor was William Thomas Brande.
  1 Oct 1813  CEThe Society for Preventing Accidents in Coal Mines in Sunderland was founded under the auspices of the Duke of Northhumberland. The chairman, Sir Ralph Milbanke, writes Humphry Davy with the request for him to develop a safe lamp for coal mines. Reverend Hodgson and J.J. Wilkinson also urge Davy to do so.
 27 Oct 1813  CEHumphrey Davy arrived in Paris with his wife and his assitant Michael Faraday. He received special dispensation from Napoleon to travel across France from 1813 to 1815 and with Faraday he travelled abroad investigating his theory of volcanic action.
 21 Mar 1815  CESir Humphrey Davy travelled back to England from Europe and came through Innsbruck/Austria, Ulm, Stuttgart, Heidelberg and the Rhine Valley in Germany.
 23 Apr 1815  CESir Humphrey Davy arrives back in London.
   Oct 1815  CEHumphry Davy invents the miner's safety lamp for use in gassy coalmines, allowing deep coal seams to be mined despite the presence of firedamp (methane). George Stephenson working in a colliery near Newcastle, also produced a safety lamp that year and both men claimed that they were first to come up with this invention.
   Oct 1815  CESir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner's safety lamp.
    1818  CEHumphry Davy discovers nitrous oxide ('laughing gas').
    1818  CEHumphrey Davy was made a baronet.
    1820  CEHumphrey Davy became President of the Royal Society.
 29 May 1829  CEEnglish chemist, Hunphry Davy (1788-1829), died in Geneva.
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