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Humphry Davy

1778 - 1829

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Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet, (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) was a British chemist and inventor who invented the Davy lamp and a very early form of arc lamp. He is also remembered for isolating, by using electricity, several elements for the first time: potassium and sodium in 1807 and calcium, strontium, barium, magnesium and boron the following year, as well as for discovering the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. Davy also studied the forces involved in these separations, inventing the new field of electrochemistry. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Humphry Davy has received more than 1,790,168 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Humphry Davy is the 20th most popular chemist (down from 19th in 2019), the 184th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 160th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Chemist.

Humphry Davy was a chemist who discovered the element of sodium and invented the Davy lamp.

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Among chemists, Humphry Davy ranks 20 out of 509Before him are Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Wilhelm Ostwald, Friedrich Wöhler, Otto Hahn, and Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac. After him are Emil Fischer, Albert Hofmann, Edwin McMillan, Henri Moissan, Alfred Werner, and Eduard Buchner.

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Among people born in 1778, Humphry Davy ranks 4Before him are Louis Bonaparte, Marie Thérèse of France, and Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac. After him are Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden, José de San Martín, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Fernando Sor, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, Bernardo O'Higgins, and Clemens Brentano. Among people deceased in 1829, Humphry Davy ranks 6Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Pope Leo XII, Thomas Young, Niels Henrik Abel, and John Jay. After him are Maria Anna Mozart, Friedrich Schlegel, Paul Barras, Alexander Griboyedov, Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, and François-Joseph Gossec.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Humphry Davy ranks 184 out of 7,765Before him are Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank (1935), Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), Anna Wintour (1949), Edward Smith (1850), and Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900). After him are Henry I of England (1068), Elizabeth Woodville (1437), Mary Boleyn (1499), Jeff Beck (1944), Arnold J. Toynbee (1889), and J. K. Rowling (1965).

Among CHEMISTS In United Kingdom

Among chemists born in United Kingdom, Humphry Davy ranks 2Before him are John Dalton (1766). After him are William Ramsay (1852), Frederick Sanger (1918), Frederick Soddy (1877), William Crookes (1832), Francis William Aston (1877), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), Norman Haworth (1883), John Newlands (1837), Henry Hallett Dale (1875), and Robert Robinson (1886).