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 from Cornwall 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 1,577,918 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Humphry Davy is the 19th most popular chemist (up from 20th in 2019), the 160th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 146th 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 19 out of 510Before him are Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Irène Joliot-Curie, Friedrich Wöhler, Wilhelm Ostwald, and Otto Hahn. After him are Julius Lothar Meyer, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Albert Hofmann, Emil Fischer, Justus von Liebig, and Valery Legasov.

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Among people born in 1778, Humphry Davy ranks 2Before him is Louis Bonaparte. After him are Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Marie Thérèse of France, Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden, José de San Martín, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Fernando Sor, Bernardo O'Higgins, Charles Ferdinand, Duke of Berry, and Clemens Brentano. Among people deceased in 1829, Humphry Davy ranks 4Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Pope Leo XII, and Niels Henrik Abel. After him are John Jay, Maria Anna Mozart, Friedrich Schlegel, Paul Barras, Thomas Young, Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, Alexander Griboyedov, and François-Joseph Gossec.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Humphry Davy ranks 160 out of 6,924Before him are Thomas Newcomen (1663), Eric Clapton (1945), C. S. Lewis (1898), Rosalind Franklin (1920), Mark Knopfler (1949), and Mary Wollstonecraft (1759). After him are Joseph Priestley (1733), Mick Jagger (1943), Alfred Marshall (1842), William Gilbert (1544), Francis Crick (1916), and Howard Carter (1874).

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Among chemists born in United Kingdom, Humphry Davy ranks 2Before him are John Dalton (1766). After him are William Ramsay (1852), Frederick Soddy (1877), Frederick Sanger (1918), William Crookes (1832), Arthur Harden (1865), Francis William Aston (1877), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), Norman Haworth (1883), Robert Robinson (1886), and Henry Hallett Dale (1875).