Sir Humphry Davy, Bt (1778-1829), Natural philosopher
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The chemist and inventor Davy is recognised for his groundbreaking work with gases and electrolysis. In 1807 he demonstrated the existence of potassium, sodium and chlorine with a galvanic battery. He also experimented with diamond combustion and invented the miner's safety lamp in 1815. He was rewarded for his contribution to science with a baronetcy (1818) and the presidency of the Royal Society (1820).
by William Walker
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 May 1802
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