Ten fun facts about Humphry Davy


Fact 1
A statue in his honor stands in Penzance, Cornwall as well as a plaque on the home where he was born.

Fact 2
In 1820 he became the President of the Royal Society.

Fact 3
He was awarded a baronetcy; similar to be knighted, but it stood above knighthood. It was a high honor for a man of science.


Fact 4
He invented a lamp that helped prevent spread of flame for coal mines. He received the Rumford medal for this invention.

Fact 5
Although he was married, their relationship was often considered rocky. He travelled to Europe without his wife.

Fact 6
Davy identified a substance that Bernard Courtois had discovered. He identified it by, what is now called, iodine.

Fact 7
In 1812, he was knighted. The same year he was married to Jane Apreece.

Fact 8
Davy's eyesight was damaged in a lab accident.

Fact 9
He established chlorine as an element, also giving it the name is still holds today.

Fact 10
He was one of the founders of the Geological Society in 1807.


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