tue27oct6:30 pmOnline Lecture: A Georgian Chemist: Humphry DavyOnline Lecture by Frank James. Part of the Georgian Medicine and Science Series6:30 pm Book now

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£3 members, £5 non-members

This illustrated talk will discuss the life and work of the Penzance-born Humphry Davy (1778-1829) and his rise from provincial obscurity to metropolitan fame, first as Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution and later as President of the Royal Society of London. Davy’s work ranged across diverse areas such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), agricultural chemistry, mineralogy, the miners’ safety lamp, analysis of ancient Roman pigments, his attempts to unroll chemically the papyri excavated from Herculaneum as well as the advice he provided on ventilating buildings such as the House of Lords and Newgate Prison. 

Prof Frank James is a Professor of History of Science at UCL. He was formerly Head of Collections and Heritage at the Royal Institution. 

The talks starts at 6.30pm. Joining details will be sent to attendees the day before.

Georgian Group members are eligible for a discount on their ticket by entering GGMEMBER at the checkout.

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This lecture is part of a four-part series on Georgian Medicine and Science:

13 October: Dr Richard Mead: living in the broad sunshine of life

4 November: The brothers Bell: emotion, war and surgical identity in late Georgian Britain

10 November: ‘How gracefully the dead dogs float’: Building and Public Health in Early Modern England


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