Sir Humphry Davy, Bt by Thomas Phillips - In 1809, it is said that Davy actually invented the first electric light. He connected two wires to a battery and attached a charcoal strip between the other ends of the wires. The charged carbon glowed, making the first arc lamp
Portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1821 - Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet FRS MRIA FGS (1778 –1829) was a Cornish chemist & inventor. He is probably best remembered today for his discoveries of several alkali & alkaline earth metals, as well as contributions to the discoveries of the elemental nature of chlorine & iodine. In January 1819, Davy was awarded a baronetcy, this was, at the time, the highest honour ever conferred on a man of science in Britain.
Humphry Davy - British chemist and inventor. He discovered several alkali and alkaline earth metals. He also discovered Chlorine and Iodine. He invented the Davy Lamp in 1815 that allowed miners to work safely in the presence of flammable gases.