AT A GLANCE:
Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist, known for his pioneering work in electricity. Volta was born in Italy 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 recognition of his work in the field of electricity, the electrical unit known as the volt was named in his honor.
electric battery in 1800
Volta called his battery the Voltaic Pile. He stacked alternating layers of zinc, cardboard soaked in salt water and silver, image courtesy BBC Rough Science Function:
noun / electric bat·tery
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 devices. Inventor:
Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta
Alessandro Volta image courtesy www.chemie.uni-bremen.de/stohrer/biograph/volta.htm Criteria:
First to invent.
February 18, 1745.in Como, Lombardy, Italy
March 5, 1827.in Como, Lombardy, Italy
Electricity has fascinated human kind since our ancestors first witnessed lightning. In ancient Greece, Thales observed that an electric charge could be generated by rubbing amber, for which the Greek word is electron. In 1938 a jar was found just outside Baghdad, Iraq (that may be, could be or is believed to be) the first battery. The jar is about 2000 years old from the Parthian period. The jar is composed of a clay jar with a stopper made of asphalt. Sticking through the asphalt is an iron rod surrounded by a copper cylinder. When filled with vinegar - or any other electrolytic solution - the jar produces about 1.1 volts. But, such ancient knowledge in the history of electricity bears no known continuous relationship to the development of modern batteries. Its...
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