Sir humphry davy miners safety lamp

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The Davy Lamp: Inventing the Miners’ Safety Lamp by Frank James

In 1817, Sir Humphry Davy came up with an invention that, while perhaps seeming modest to our modern eyes, was revolutionary in its time: the Davy Lamp. Designed to be used by miners, who previously had struggled against both darkness and the dangers of asphyxiation and explosion, the Miners’ Safety Lamp brought about a dramatic improvement in the safety and working conditions of the countless men toiling in mines around the world throughout the nineteenth century, with its ever-growing need for natural resources to fuel industry. This book marks the bicentennial of the invention of the lamp through reproductions of Davy’s original manuscripts and notes for the invention, with the addition of expert commentary and images, and is published in association with the Royal Institute, where the archive of Sir Humphry Davy is held.
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Sir John Meurig Thomas discusses Humphry Davy's development of the miner's safety lamp

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This website uses cookies for user login, personalised content and statistics. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies - if you wish to opt-out of non-essential cookies, you may do so below. Consider Humphry Davy, 19th century poet and poor boy made peer of the realm because of his extraordinary scientific mind. Davy had escaped an impoverished Cornish childhood because of his daring and his experimental zeal. At 29, Davy had already been the first to experiment with the anaesthetising power of nitrous oxide.

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Less than a month later, the Tyne Mercury published a hostile letter from a J. Davy studied it, and returned it the next day. The claims made against Davy throughout by supporters of George Stephenson, a Northumberland-born engineer, proved more difficult to counter. By 4 November, Stephenson was testing a lamp which had three narrow ventilation tubes in the base. Davy, on the other hand, the established and well-connected man of science, understood the principle by which his lamp worked: he spent hours experimenting on samples of fire-damp, sent in sealed bottles from the north-east, in the laboratory of the Royal Institution, then used his research findings to shape his design.

2 thoughts on “The Davy Lamp: Inventing the Miners’ Safety Lamp by Frank James

  1. The first ever prototype of Davy's miner's safety lamp. Created in , it was designed to be lit safely for miners to use without allowing the heat from the flame .

  2. The Davy lamp is a safety lamp for use in flammable atmospheres, invented in by Sir Humphry Davy.

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