|January 9th||The Miners' Safety Lamp|
Sir Humphry Davy (May 29th) conducted the first successful test of his miners’ safety lamp which he reported to the Royal Society just over two weeks later on January 25th 1816.
The Ludgvan born Davy was already a renowned scientist and public speaker having discovered sodium, potassium, strontium, boron, calcium, barium, magnesium and boron and had determined the elemental nature of both chlorine and iodine.
Davy was almost reckless in his experimental methods and, having heard of the discovery of nitrogen trichloride by Pierre Louis Dulong who lost an eye and two fingers in his work, promptly wrote to Dulong to ask for details of the experimental method. He was then temporarily blinded in repeating the preparation of the explosive compound and was forced to hire an assistant, Michael Faraday.