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Humpry Davy Memorial lecture is a sell out

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

Professor Frances Wall with Humphry Davy School's head pupils, Harry Sharp and Heidi Quinn holding original Davy safety lamps.

Professor Frances Wall with Humphry Davy School's head pupils, Harry Sharp and Heidi Quinn holding original Davy safety lamps.

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THERE was a capacity audience at The Exchange Gallery in Penzance for the annual Humpry Davy Memorial lecture.

Held on the 235th anniversary of the famous Penzance-born scientist's birth, the event was organised by The Humphry Davy Project group, who despite only being recently formed are forging ahead with plans to celebrate his work with a permanent centre in Penzance to highlight his numerous achievements.

The group's other principal aim is to encourage the ambitions of young people living in the district to aspire to similar greatness.

The lecture, entitled 'Mind the Rocks – responsible mining today', was given by the head of Camborne School of Mines, Professor Frances Wall.

She gave a highly entertaining and interactive talk, including several opportunities for members of the audience to actively engage in various experiments, designed to provide links from modern mining technology with the works of Humphry Davy.

Perhaps best known for his invention of the Miner's Safety Lamp, the lecture outlined how Davy also applied his talents in various ways within the mining industry.

Some original Davy safety lamps were brought along by Matt Frost, head of science at Humphry Davy School, accompanied by the school's head boy, Harry Sharp, and head girl, Heidi Quinn.

Other VIP guests included Lord James St Levan, who officiated a grand prize raffle with numerous prizes kindly donated by local businesses who are actively supporting the project and Professor Frank James from The Royal Institution who is currently writing a book on Davy's achievements.

Penny Young, chair of the Humphry Davy Group, said: "The evening was a great success thanks to the support of all concerned. I would particularly like to thank James Green and the team at the Exchange."

Anybody who would like to know more about the Humphry Davy Project is invited to contact Penny Young on 07921 120775 or by e-mail to: penelope.young@btinternet.com

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