Humphry Davy

Humphry Davy (1778 - 1829)

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Sir Humphry "1st Baronet" Davy
Born in Penzance, Cornwall, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 11 Apr 1812 in Portland Place, London, Englandmap
Died in Geneva, Switzerlandmap
Profile last modified 29 Dec 2019 | Created 27 May 2014
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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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Davey-1489 and Davy-458 do not represent the same person because: Different parents, different dates of death.
posted by Greg Lavoie
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
posted by Audrey (Kern) McGlynn
Just connected to the global tree through his wife's descent from the Shuckburgh family.
posted by Jeff Bronks

Rejected matches › Humphrey Davey (-1829)

Humphry is 23 degrees from Donald Howard, 20 degrees from Julia Howe and 14 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.