Young Humphry Davy: The Making of an Experimental Chemist

Young Humphry Davy: The Making of an Experimental Chemist

by June Z. Fullmer

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Chemist and historian Fullmer died in January 2000 just after putting the finishing touches on the manuscript, based on an extended research project that also produced a 1969 bibliography. In what was to be the first of a multi-volume biography of Davy (1778-1829), she describes his life to age 23, when he was a new member of the Royal Institute and looking for a job. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Humphry Davy was an experimental chemist of considerable renown and received highest honors from his contemporaries for his work and discoveries in the then fledgling science of chemistry. After his death in 1829, his life and manifold accomplishments continued to impress the academic community. His achievements include the discoveries of the scientifically novel, isolation and identification of seven new elements, association of electrical properties and chemical behavior, and ability to popularize the excitement of chemistry with both colleagues and the general public through his skills as a lecturer. He invented the miners' safety lamp (and refused to profit financially from his life-saving discovery); and throughout his career worked tirelessly for the benefit of the people. Young Humphry Davy: The Making Of An Experimental Chemist is an exceptionally well researched, deftly written, totally engaging biography of a most remarkable and accomplished man of science in his early days at Penzance, Bristol, and London.

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