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The Mercurial Chemist

A Life of Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Edition

By Anne Treneer


286 pages

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First published in 1963. Humphry Davy, knighted by the Prince Regent in 1812 for his contributions to science, and later created baronet for his invention of the miners’ safety lamp, was among the foremost European chemists in the early nineteenth century.

Anne Treneer tells in full the story of Humphry Davy’s life. From letters, journals and memoirs of the time, Davy and his contemporaries come to life. This title will be of great interest to scientists and historians.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Childhood and Schooldays 2. With Doctor Borlase: Penzance 3. With Doctor Beddoes: Clifton 4. Clifton Company 5. Davy and Coleridge 6. London 7. The Happy Orator 8. Discovery 9. Coleridge Again: Ireland 10. Jane Kerr of Kelso 11. Early Days of Marriage: Michael Faraday 12. The First Continental Journey 13. The Safety Lamp 14. The Second Continental Journey 15. President of the Royal Society 16. Further Researches: A Northern Tour 17. The Beginning of Illness: ‘Salmonia’ 18. ‘Consolations in Travel’ 19. The Last Journey; A Select Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Science and Technology in the Nineteenth Century

This set of volumes, originally published between 1900 and 1994, amalgamates research on Science and Technology in the Nineteenth Century, including studies on notable figures such as Gregor Johann Mendel, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Sir Humphry Davy. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it has evolved over time, which will be of particular interest to students of history and the sciences.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General