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1839 Memoirs of the Life of Sir Humphry Davy (Davy Safety Lamp Inventor) Science

1839 Memoirs of the Life of Sir Humphry Davy (Davy Safety Lamp Inventor) Science

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Memoirs of the Life of Sir Humphry Davy

By his brother John Davy

Published by Smith, Elder and Co, London, 1839. Volume I from the Collected Works of Sir Humphrey Davy. Full calf binding, 8vo, pp viii, 475, [i]. With a folding facsimile letter from Day and an illustration in text.


A good copy having once belonged Heriot Watt University Library - there is a Heriot Watt bookplate to the inside front cover and leftovers of library stickers to front endpaper. There are absolutely no ink stamps or written reference numbers to the book whatsoever. Leather binding good with a little scuffing to the bottom panel of the spine. The pages are in lovely clean condition throughout. The 4 plates are in good conditon. Overall good.

Sir Humphry Davy (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) was a Cornish chemist and inventor, who is best remembered today for isolating, by 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. Davy also studied the forces involved in these separations, inventing the new field of electrochemistry.

in 1815 he was responsible for the invention of the Davy lamp which was a safety lamp for use in flammable atmospheres, such as mines. It consists of a wick lamp with the flame enclosed inside a mesh screen. It was created for use in coal mines, to reduce the danger of explosions due to the presence of methane and other flammable gases, called firedamp or minedamp.
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