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Davy, Humphry, Sir, 1778-1829
On the safety lamp for coal miners: with some researches on flame.
London : Printed for R. Hunter (successor to Mr. Johnson), 1818.

Image from Davy's On the safety for coal miners

Davy was apprenticed as an apothecary but science soon overtook his medical interests. During his long tenure at the Royal Institution he discovered six elements, invented electrolysis and the miners' safety lamp. He described nitrous oxide and suggested its use as a short anaesthetic, but during the nineteenth century its use was restricted to demonstrations of "laughing gas".

RB 4718.54