[Sir Humphry Davy] - H. Davy, Signature Facsimile
[Private Plate] Excudit 1st.June 1830.by Willm. Walker No.22 London Street, Edinburgh.
Stipple engraving. 418 x 356mm.
Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet, FRS. Natural philosopher.(17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829), often incorrectly spelled Humphrey, was an esteemed Cornish chemist and physicist. He was born in Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Sir Humphry revelled in his status, as his lectures gathered many spectators. Davy became well known due to his experiments with the physiological action of some gases, including laughing gas (nitrous oxide) - to which he was addicted, once stating that its properties bestowed all of the benefits of alcohol but was devoid of its flaws. Davy later damaged his eyesight in a laboratory accident with nitrogen trichloride. In 1801 he was nominated professor at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and Fellow of the Royal Society, over which he would later preside.
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