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00:01:17 1 Education, apprenticeship and poetry
00:06:11 2 Early scientific interests
00:08:40 3 Pneumatic Institution
00:15:23 4 Royal Institution
00:19:14 4.1 Discovery of new elements
00:20:03 4.2 Discovery of calcium, magnesium, strontium and barium
00:21:34 4.3 Discovery of chlorine
00:22:26 4.4 Laboratory accident
00:23:21 4.5 European travels
00:26:36 4.6 Davy lamp
00:28:46 4.7 Acid-base studies
00:29:22 5 Herculaneum papyri
00:30:59 6 Electrochemical protection of ships' copper bottoms
00:32:46 7 President of the Royal Society
00:36:06 8 Last years and death
00:38:55 9 Honours
00:39:04 9.1 Geographical locations
00:40:32 9.2 Scientific and literary recognition
00:41:20 10 In popular culture
00:42:40 11 Publications
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"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."
Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) was a Cornish chemist and inventor, who is best remembered today for isolating, using electricity, a series of elements for the first time: potassium and sodium in 1807 and calcium, strontium, barium, magnesium and boron the following year, as well as discovering the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. He also studied the forces involved in these separations, inventing the new field of electrochemistry. In 1799 Davy experimented with nitrous oxide and became astonished that it made him laugh, so he nicknamed it "laughing gas", and wrote about its potential anaesthetic properties in relieving pain during surgery.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."
Davy was a baronet, President of the Royal Society (PRS), Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), and Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS). He also invented the Davy lamp and a very early form of incandescent light bulb.
He joked that his assistant Michael Faraday was his greatest discovery.