Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist

Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist

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Caption: Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), Italian physicist. Volta invented the electric battery, announcing his discovery in 1800. His battery consisted of alternating disks of silver and zinc with brine-soaked card between them. Volta, professor at the universities of Como and Pavia, had started studying electricity in 1786. The International Standard (SI) unit of electrical potential difference, the volt, is named after Volta. Awarded the French Legion of Honour in 1805, he was made Count of the Kingdom of Italy by Napoleon in 1810. Artwork from 'Electricite' (1911) by Max de Nansouty, part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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