Soon after taking up his position, Davy began to bang out new elements one after another—potassium, sodium,magnesium, calcium, strontium, and aluminum or aluminium, depending on which branch of English you favor.
The confusion over the aluminum/aluminium spelling arose because of some uncharacteristic indecisiveness on Davy's part. When he first isolated the element in 1808, he called it alumium. For some reason he thought better of that and changed it to aluminum four years later. Americans dutifully adopted the new term, but many British users disliked aluminum, pointing out that it disrupted the -ium pattern established by sodium, calcium, and strontium, so they added a vowel and syllable.
对aluminum/aluminium的拼写产生混淆的原因是因为戴维犹豫不决。当他在1808年首次分离此元素时，称其为alumium。四年后，出于某些原因，他觉得把它的名字改成aluminum更好。美国人则完完全全地接受了这个新术语，但很多英国使用者却不喜欢aluminum这个名字，指出其破坏了由sodium, calcium, and strontium建立起的-ium的形式，因此他们在aluminum的基础上加了一个元音和一个音节。
He discovered so many elements not so much because he was serially astute as because he developed an ingenious technique of applying electricity to a molten substance—electrolysis, as it is known. Altogether he discovered a dozen elements, a fifth of the known total of his day. Davy might have done far more, but unfortunately as a young man he developed an abiding attachment to the buoyant pleasures of nitrous oxide. He grew so attached to the gas that he drew on it (literally) three or four times a day. Eventually, in 1829, it is thought to have killed him.