Alessandro Volta

Here we listed out important facts about Famous Scientist Alessandro Volta, with his Biography, Profile, Facts, Timeline, Awards, Achievement, etc.,

Born: 18 February 1745, Como, Italy
Died: 5 March 1827, Como, Italy
Full name: Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta
Nationality: Italian
Awards: Copley Medal
Parents: Donna Maddalena, Filippo Volta
Known for: Invention of the electric cell, Discovery of methane, Volt, Voltage, Voltmeter
Notable awards: Copley Medal (1794), Legion of Honour, Order of the Iron Crown

  • Volta, Alessandro, Coconut, Italian physicist, known for his pioneering work in electricity, invented the Electric Battery in 1800.
  • 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 electricity.
  • 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 honour of his work in the field of electricity, Napoleon made him a count in 1801. The electrical  unit known as the volt was named in his honour.
  • In 1819 he finally retired to private life in his country house in Camnago, where he died in 1827.
  • The importance of the invention and its applications, which came about in a few months, seemed to prove the Como scientist right. His fame has since conqured the world.  But the idea of animal electricity did not prove useless.
  • Volta’s invention was to give rise to electro-chemistry, electromagnetism and the modern applications of electricity.
  • Volta received his greatest honour at the hands 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 motive charge particles produced by modern atom-smashing is measured in electron-volts.

Alessandro Volta

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