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Sir Humphry Davy In Chemistry there are many very important chemists One is Sir Humphry Davy Davy was born on December 17 1778 in Penzance Cornwall England He went to school in Penzance and in Truro In 1794 his father died to help his family financially he got a job as an apprentice to a surgeon The surgeons name was J Binghan Borlarse In 1797 Davy became interested in Chemistry So in 1778 he became superintendent of the Medical Pneumatic Institution of Bristol This organization was devoted to the study of the medical value of different gases it was here that Davy first made his reputation He discovered the effects of nitrous oxide which is now known as laughing gas Davy breathed 16 quarts of the gas in seven minutes and became completely intoxicated He had no idea that forty-five years later it would be used as an anesthetic by dentists Davys next discoveries were in the field of electrochemistry He found that if he passed electricity through some substances then it would decompose This process was later called electrolysis Through electrolysis Davy eventually discovered magnesium calcium strontium and barium in 1808 In 1810 Davy showed that muriatic or marine acid was a compound only of hydrogen and chlorine and contained no oxygen Davy also made some advances in Iodine Davy first made iodine pentoxide a colorless odorless crystalline substance of high density in 1815 Davy also developed the method for the decomposition of silicates into silica by treatment with HCI In 1802 Thomas Wedgwood and Sir Humphry Davy published a paper called An Account of a Method of Copying Paintings on Glass and Making Profiles by the Agency of Light upon Nitrates of Silver The pictures made by this process were very temporary As soon as the negatives were removed the pictures turned black Davy also invented the miners safety helmet The lamp on the safety helmet would burn safety and light
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