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of the Electric Battery in 1800.
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Volta, Italian physicist, known for his pioneering work in
electricity. Volta was born in Como and educated in the public schools
there. By 1800 he had developed the so-called voltaic pile, a forerunner
of the electric battery, which produced a steady stream of electricity.
In honor of his work in the field of electricity, the electrical unit
known as the volt was named in his honor.
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||Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta
18, 1745.in Como, Lombardy, Italy
1827.near Como, Lombardy, Italy
battery in 1800
electric bat·tery / voltic pile
In science and technology, a battery is a device
that stores energy and makes it available in an electrical form. A battery converts chemical energy into electric
energy. It is a connected bunch (or “battery”) of electro-chemical
1775 Volta devised the
electrophorus, a device that produced a static electric charge.
1777 he studied the chemistry of gases, discovered methane
1779 he became professor of physics at the University of Pavia
1794 Volta married Teresa Peregrini, daughter of Count Peregrini; the
couple had three sons.
1800 he developed the so-called voltaic pile, a forerunner of the
1810 In honor of his work in the field of electricity, Napoleon made him
1815 the Emperor of Austria named him a professor of philosophy at
1816 Volta's works were published in five volumes in Florence
1881 an important electrical unit, the volt, was named in his honor.
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Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist, known for his
pioneering work in electricity. Volta was born in Como and educated in the public schools
there. In 1774 he became professor of physics at the Royal School in Como, and in the
following year he devised the electrophorus, an instrument that produced charges of static
In 1776-77 he applied himself to chemistry, studying atmospheric electricity
and devising experiments such as the ignition of gases by an electric spark in a closed
vessel. In 1779 he became professor of physics at the University of Pavia, a chair he
occupied for 25 years. By 1800 he had developed the so-called voltaic pile, a forerunner
of the electric battery, which produced a steady stream of electricity.
In honor of his work in the field of electricity, Napoleon made him a count
A museum in Como, the Voltian Temple, has been erected
in his honor and exhibits some of the original instruments he used to
conduct experiments. Near lake Como stands the Villa Olmo, which houses the
Voltian Foundation, an organization which promotes scientific activities.
Volta carried out his juvenile studies and made his first inventions in Como.
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ON THE BOOKSHELF:
The History of Science and Technology
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The Book of Inventions
by Ian Harrison / Hardcover: 288 pages /
National Geographic (November 1, 2004)
This extremely lively-and intricately researched-book is a rousing romp
through the history of inventions and their inventors through time, from the
tiny paper clip-coined "the world's most valuable invention"-to the massive
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Volta : Science and Culture in the Age of Enlightenment
by Giuliano Pancaldi / Paperback: 400 pages / Princeton University Press
(April 11, 2005)
Depicts Volta as an inventor who used his international network of
acquaintances to further his quest to harness the power of electricity. This
is the story of a man who sought recognition as a natural philosopher and
ended up with an invention that would make an everyday marvel of electric
Ambiguous Frog: The Galvani-Volta Controversy on Animal Electricity
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Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta
His young childhood did not show the makings of a prodigy. It was not until the age
of four that he talked, and his family was convinced that he was retarded.
Volta's Electrical Battery Invention
The Voltaic pile stimulated so much scientific inquiry that, by 1831, when
Faraday built the first dynamo, the basic principles of electricity had been
Chronology of Principal Events in Volta's Life
Volta received his greatest honor, however, at the hands of no ruler, but of
his fellow scientists. The unit of electromotive force- the driving force
that moves the electric current- is now called the "volt." The energy of
moving charged particles produced by modern atom-smashing machines is
measured in electron-volts.
Volta, Alessandro, Count, Italian physicist, known for his pioneering work
in electricity, invented the Electric Battery in 1800.
Volta modified this effect to produce the first continuous flow of electric
current. Around 1800, he invented a wet battery called a Voltaic Pile.
Alessandro Volta Centre for Scientific Culture
The "Alessandro Volta" Centre for Scientific Culture is a non profit
organization acting since 1982, supported by the local Administrations of
Region Lombardy and Province Como, the Como Town Council and the Chambers of
Commerce of Milano and Como.
The invention of the battery page includes copies of Volta's notes,
historical paintings and pages from his book.
In 1800 he constructed the first battery to produce
WORDS OF WISDOM:
"All power corrupts, but we need the
electricity." - Anonymous
"Faith is like electricity. You can't see it, but you can see the light." -
HOW IT WORKS:
The Voltaic pile was the first modern electric
battery, invented by Alessandro Volta in 1800. Volta demonstrated that when
metals and chemicals come into contact with each other they produced an
electrical current. In his research, Volta placed together several pairs of
alternating copper (or silver) and zinc discs separated by cloth and soaked
the cloth in brine (salt water) to increase conductivity, and an electrical
current was produced.
DID YOU KNOW?:
- Alessandro Volta's portrait, appeared on
Italian 10.000 lira banknote before the introduction of the euro.
- The electrical unit known as the "volt"
was named in his honor.
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