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Volta, Alessandro

Born: 1745 AD
Died: 1827 AD, at 82 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Inventor


1745 - Volta was born in Como on February 18th. Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist, known for his pioneering work in electricity.

1774 - 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 electricity.

1775 - Devised the electrophorus, a device that produced a static electric charge.

1777 - Studied the chemistry of gases, studying atmospheric electricity and devising experiments such as the ignition of gases by an electric spark in a closed vessel.

1779 - Became professor of physics at the University of Pavia, a chair he occupied for 25 years.

1794 - Volta married Teresa Peregrini, daughter of Count Peregrini.

1800 - He invented the electric battery. 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 devices.

         - He developed the so-called voltaic pile, a forerunner of the electric battery.

1810 - Napoleon made him a count, in honor of his work in the field of electricity.

1815 - The Emperor of Austria named him a professor of philosophy at Padova.

1827 - Died on March 5th near Como, Lombardy, Italy.


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