Humphry Davy (1778-1829) has always occupied a special place in English science. Born and educated in Cornwall, he discovered
the physiological effects of laughing gas while in Bristol. Also a poet, he formed friendships there with Coleridge and Southey.
Moving to the Royal Institution in 1801 he established its reputation for excellent, popular, though somewhat pyromaniacal lectures. At the Royal Institution, amongst much else, he discovered sodium and potassium and invented the miners’ safety lamp. This talk will be illustrated with a few demonstrations from Davy’s lecturing repertoire and with readings from his poetry.
Frank James is Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution. Wahida Amin is a research student there (jointly with Salford University) working on a PhD thesis examining the relations of Davy’s poetry and science.
Car parking near the venue. This event is free but places may need to be reserved.