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  • Inventor of the Miner's Safety Lamp
  • Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet was a Cornish chemist and inventor. He is best remembered today for his discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals, as well as contributions to the discoveries of the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. Berzelius called Davy's 1806 Bakerian Lecture On Some Chemical Agencies of Electricity "one of the best memoirs which has ever enriched the theory of chemistry." He was a 1st Baronet, President of the Royal Society, Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and Fellow of the Geological Society.

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  • "For his various Communications published in the Philosophical Transactions."
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  • For his Bakerian Lecture, On the Relations of Electrical Changes, considered as the last link, in the order of time, of the splendid chain of Discoveries in Chemical Electricity, which has been continued for so many years of his valuable life.
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  • For his Papers on Combustion and Flame, published in the last volume of the Philosophical Transactions.

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  • Davy is remembered most of all for the miners' lamp he invented and for the discovery of sodium and potassium. He was the most prominent scientist of his time and did a great deal to promote the usefulness of science in commerce and industry, and to popularise the achievements of science.
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