Humphry Davy

Sir Humphry Davy, Baronet. Engraving from a portrait by Thomas Lawrence.Sir Humphry Davy, First Baronet (1778-1829), was one of the great chemists of this period, the man under whom Faraday served as apprentice and who inspired Faraday to devote his life to science. Sir Humphry was the first to isolate many important chemical elements, to develop the motion theory of heat, to invent the safety lamp, and to demonstrate that diamond is carbon, along with many other vital contributions. Like his young friend, Faraday, he was a Bible-believing Christian, highly altruistic and generous, though not as spiritually minded and patient as was Faraday. He was also a poet and, for a while, some­thing of a Christian mystic. In his declining years, however, he returned to Biblical Christianity and found peace therein.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.

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