Davy, Humphry Sir
Born: Dec 17, 1778 AD
Died: 1829 AD, at 50 years of age.
1778 - He was born in Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom on the 17th of December. Discovered elements barium, calcium, chlorine, magnesium, potassium, sodium, strontium. Mentor of Michael Faraday.
1800 - Alessandro Volta announced his invention of the first electric pile or battery.
1802 - He used a version of the electric battery that was then the most powerful in the world to heat a thin strip of platinum to incandescence.
1808 - Demonstrated the first arc light by drawing a brilliant white arc between two carbon electrodes connected to the battery.
1812 - He was knighted, gave a farewell lecture to the Royal Institution, and married a wealthy widow, Jane Apreece. .
1813 - He and his wife, traveled to France to collect a medal that Napoleon Bonaparte had awarded Davy for his electro-chemical work.
1815 - Returned to England and he produces the Davy lamp, which was used by miners.
- Suggested that acids were substances that contained replaceable hydrogen
1818 - Awarded a baronetcy.
1820 - 1827 - He became President of the Royal Society.
1824 - Proposed mounted chunks of iron to the hull of a copper clad ship in the first use of cathodic protection.
1829 - Died in Switzerland on 29th of May and was buried in the Plain Palais Cemetery in Geneva.
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