Alessandro Volta

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Alessandro Volta

Alessandro Volta was an Italian physicist whose invention of the electric battery provided the first source of the continuous current. As a child he grew in nobility, but his family was not actually that rich. He went to a Jesuit bording school. Volta was raised by his uncle, and had a talent for language. He knew Latin, French, German, English, and Italian. His family wanted him to become a lawyer, but Volta fell in love with science.He was a professor of Physics at the Royal School at Como, 3 years later he was appointe4d to the chair of physics at the University of Paris.1801 He showed Napoleon Bonaparte his discoveries and was made count and senator of the kingdom.


- Invented the first electric battery- First to isolate methane- Found two types of electric conduction- Made the basis of the internal combustion engine- Discovered electricity resulting from contact of different metals- According to, " wrote the first electro motive series, showing from highest to lowest the voltages that different metals can produce in a battery

Lasting Impact

In recognition of Alessandro Volta's contributions to electrical science, the unit of electric potential is called the "volt"

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Alessandro Volta



World's Benefit


1745 - Born1765 – Volta wrote his first scientific paper, which he addressed to Giambatista Beccaria, about static electricity generated by rubbing different substances together1776 – Aged 31, Volta was the first person to isolate methane gas. He discovered that a methane-air mixture could be exploded in a closed container with an electric spark.

"You must be ready to give up even the most attractive ideas when experiment shows them to be wrong"


1788 – Volta built increasingly sensitive electroscopes to detect and measure the effects of electric charge.1794 – At the age of 50, Volta was awarded the Royal Society’s top prize – the Copley Medal – for his contributions to scientific understanding of electricity.1801 - Made senator1827 - Died

If it weren't for Volta's discovery, life would be very different today.Even if someone would event the electric current and make the battery later on, the life we have today would also be "later on". Everyday, we have the benefit of using things like laptops, certain toys, lights, phones, and don't realize where it's power came from.

Volta did his studies on frog legs, making them "JUMP"

Idea of animal movement based on electricity led to Mary Shelley writing "Frankenstein".


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