Humphry Davy

Humphry Davy (1778 - 1829)

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Sir Humphry "1st Baronet" Davy
Born in Penzance, Cornwall, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
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Husband of — married in Portland Place, London, Englandmap
Died in Geneva, Switzerlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 May 2014
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Categories: Scientists | Chemists | Famous People of the 18th Century | Famous Scientists of the 19th Century | Fellows of the Royal Society | Notables.

Humphry Davy is Notable.
Humphry Davy was a Cornish (UK) chemist and inventor.


  • Humphry Davy was born to Robert Davy and Grace (Millett) Davy .
  • Notable chemist who discovered alkali and alkaline earth metals[1]
  • Created the first electric light, an arc lamp, but it was much too bright and short-lived[2]
  • Jon Tonkin, with whom be boarded during his studies, was his mother's godfather[1]
  • 1794 his father died
  • by 1799 was a public figure
  • 1812 knighted
  • Hired Michael Faraday as a co-worker
  • 1812 m Jane Apreece
  • Received a medal for his work from Napoleon
  • 1819 received a baronetcy (first non-Knighthood peerage awarded to a man of science)
  • buried in Plainpalais Cemetery outside Geneva
  • Memorial tablet erected in Westminster Abbey by his wife, Jane
  • Lunar crater "Davy" named for him


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia: Humphry Davy, accessed 11 June 2016
  2. "The Truth About 10 Famous Inventions." SciShow. 22 May 2016. (Web), accessed 11 June 2016

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Humphry Davy (1788-1829)
Humphry Davy (1788-1829)

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1812 - Marriage announcement for Sir Humphry Davy to Mrs. Apree
Northampton Mercury 18 April 1812 - Marriage announcement for Sir Humphry Davy to Mrs. Apree


On 7 Oct 2017 at 19:06 GMT Greg Lavoie wrote:

Davey-1489 and Davy-458 do not represent the same person because: Different parents, different dates of death.

On 4 Oct 2017 at 01:36 GMT Audrey (Kern) McGlynn wrote:

Davey-1489 and Davy-458 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same person The spelling of t=his last name varies from one family member to the next between Davy and Davey

On 21 Aug 2017 at 20:17 GMT Jeff Bronks wrote:

Just connected to the global tree through his wife's descent from the Shuckburgh family.

Humphry is 33 degrees from Rosa Parks, 28 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 21 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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