Best Known For
Humphry Davy was a British chemist best known for his contributions to the discoveries of chlorine and iodine. He is also noted for suggesting the anesthetic use of nitrous oxide in human surgery.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Humphry Davy was an English chemist who is best kinown for his contributions to the discoveries of chlorine and iodine. In 1799, he was appointed chemical superintendent of the Pneumatic Institution to study the therapeutic uses of various gases. After investigating the composition of oxides and acids of nitrogen, Davy made several reports of the effects of inhaling nitrous oxide. Accounts of his findings were published in 1800 in Researches, Chemical and Philosophical (1800). In 1815, he invented the Davy lamp, which allowed minors to work safely in close contact with flammable gases.
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
Included In These Groups
Famous Sagittarians 597 people in this group
Everyday life is constantly changing and improving thanks to the ingenious ideas of famous inventors past and present. What once seemed impossible is now possible, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s forward-thinking concepts for flying machines (airplanes), Benjamin Franklin’s useful inventions like bifocals and the lightning rod, and Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary “talking machine” (telephone).
The modern era has also produced life-changing advancements whether in science, medicine, the arts, digital media. Music-makers can thank Les Paul for his amazing guitars, while Elon Musk launched the world's first commercial space ship, Steve Jobs' Apple products have made technology beautiful, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page's Google has changed how the world searches for information. These and so many other famous inventors and their creations changed the course of human history. See all inventors.
Famous Inventors 119 people in this group
Famous Chemists 47 people in this group
profile name: Humphry Davy profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.