Humphry Davy

250px-Sir_Humphry_Davy,_Bt_by_Thomas_PhillipsSir Humphry Davy (English; 17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) Famous for many works including his ice rubbing experiment in which he rubbed two pieces of ice (inside of parallelepiped), stated by some to have occurred in a vacuum, located inside of a room colder than the freezing point of water, together, vigorously, to see if he could generate heat by friction, an idea contrary to the then-prevalent ‘caloric theory’ of the time. The significance of Davy’s ice-rubbing experiment helped to prove that heat was a mode of motion. Read more…

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