Alessandro Volta

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    alessandro volta
    alessandro volta.jpeg
    born(1745-02-18)18 february 1745
    como, duchy of milan
    died5 march 1827(1827-03-05) (aged 82)
    como, lombardy-venetia
    nationalityitalian
    known for
    • invention of the electric cell
    • discovery of methane
    • volt
    • voltage
    • voltmeter
    awards
    • copley medal (1794)
    • legion of honour[1]
    • order of the iron crown[1]
    scientific career
    fieldsphysics and chemistry

    alessandro giuseppe antonio anastasio volta (italian: [alesˈsandro ˈvɔlta]; 18 february 1745 – 5 march 1827) was an italian physicist, chemist, and pioneer of electricity and power[2][3][4] who is credited as the inventor of the electric battery and the discoverer of methane. he invented the voltaic pile in 1799, and reported the results of his experiments in 1800 in a two-part letter to the president of the royal society.[5][6] with this invention volta proved that electricity could be generated chemically and debunked the prevalent theory that electricity was generated solely by living beings. volta's invention sparked a great amount of scientific excitement and led others to conduct similar experiments which eventually led to the development of the field of electrochemistry.[6]

    volta also drew admiration from napoleon bonaparte for his invention, and was invited to the institute of france to demonstrate his invention to the members of the institute. volta enjoyed a certain amount of closeness with the emperor throughout his life and he was conferred numerous honours by him.[1] volta held the chair of experimental physics at the university of pavia for nearly 40 years and was widely idolised by his students.[1]

    despite his professional success, volta tended to be a person inclined towards domestic life and this was more apparent in his later years. at this time he tended to live secluded from public life and more for the sake of his family until his eventual death in 1827 from a series of illnesses which began in 1823.[1] the si unit of electric potential is named in his honour as the volt.

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Alessandro Volta
Alessandro Volta.jpeg
Born(1745-02-18)18 February 1745
Died5 March 1827(1827-03-05) (aged 82)
NationalityItalian
Known for
Awards
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics and chemistry

Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (Italian: [alesˈsandro ˈvɔlta]; 18 February 1745 – 5 March 1827) was an Italian physicist, chemist, and pioneer of electricity and power[2][3][4] who is credited as the inventor of the electric battery and the discoverer of methane. He invented the Voltaic pile in 1799, and reported the results of his experiments in 1800 in a two-part letter to the President of the Royal Society.[5][6] With this invention Volta proved that electricity could be generated chemically and debunked the prevalent theory that electricity was generated solely by living beings. Volta's invention sparked a great amount of scientific excitement and led others to conduct similar experiments which eventually led to the development of the field of electrochemistry.[6]

Volta also drew admiration from Napoleon Bonaparte for his invention, and was invited to the Institute of France to demonstrate his invention to the members of the Institute. Volta enjoyed a certain amount of closeness with the emperor throughout his life and he was conferred numerous honours by him.[1] Volta held the chair of experimental physics at the University of Pavia for nearly 40 years and was widely idolised by his students.[1]

Despite his professional success, Volta tended to be a person inclined towards domestic life and this was more apparent in his later years. At this time he tended to live secluded from public life and more for the sake of his family until his eventual death in 1827 from a series of illnesses which began in 1823.[1] The SI unit of electric potential is named in his honour as the volt.