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  Inventor Alessandro Volta Biography
Volta was born in Como and educated in the public schools there.
The "Alessandro Volta" Centre for Scientific Culture is a non profit organization acting since 1982, supported by the local Administrations of Region Lombardy and Province Como, the Como Town Council and the Chambers of Commerce of Milano and Como.
In his research, Volta placed together several pairs of alternating copper (or silver) and zinc discs separated by cloth and soaked the cloth in brine (salt water) to increase conductivity, and an electrical current was produced.
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  Alessandro Volta
In seeking further experimental evidence in favour of his contact theory, Volta was led to the greatest of his inventions, the voltaic "pile", which he described in a communication of 20 March, 1800, to Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society of London.
The voltaic battery of 1800 marks an epoch in physical theory as well as in the application of science to the welfare of mankind.
In the summer of 1899, the centenary of the invention of the voltaic battery, an exposition was held in Como of electrical apparatus constructed and used by Volta in his investigations, but unfortunately a fire broke out and many of these heirlooms of science were destroyed.
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  Alessandro Volta
Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (February 18, 1745 - March 5, 1827) was an Italian physicist known for the development of the electric battery[?].
Volta was born and educated in Como Italy, where he became professor of physics at the Royal School in 1774.
Volta had determined that the most effective pair of dissimilar metals to produce electricity was zinc and silver.
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 Alessandro Volta
Volta, Alessandro, Count, Italian physicist, known for his pioneering work in electricity, invented the Electric Battery in 1800.
Volta was born in Como and educated in the public schools there.
It is interesting to note that Volta described his battery as an electric organ and likened it to the electric organ of the torpedo fish, which had columnar stacks of cells.
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 Alessandro Volta Summary
Alessandro Volta was born on Feb. 18, 1745, in Como.
Volta was born on February 18, 1745, in the town of Como in Italy's Lombardy region.
Alessandro Volta, now known as the inventor of the electric battery and eponym of the volt, the unit of electrical potential, was a prominent figure in late eighteenth-century science.
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 Alessandro Volta - LoveToKnow 1911
ALESSANDRO VOLTA (1745-1827), Italian physicist, was born at Como on the 18th of February 1745.
In 1779 a chair of physics was founded in Pavia, and Volta was chosen to occupy it.
For Volta's electrical work, and his place in the history of discovery (see Electricity; also Voltmeter).
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 Alessandro Volta
Volta showed, however, that if a series of bodies of the first class, such as disks of various metals, are placed in contact, the potential difference between the first and the last is just the same as if they are immediately in contact.
Volta's description of his pile was communicated in a letter to Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London, on the 20th of March 1800, and was printed in the Philosophical Transactions, vol.
Volta maintained that the mere contact of metals was sufficient to produce the electrical difference of the end plates of the pile.
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 Volta
Volta's project was in fact to fill with hydrogen a purpose - built glass container in the form of a pistol sealed with a tap, and to cause the explosion of the gas with a spark (as happens with the mixing of air and fuel in the engine cylinders of our cars).
Volta observed that his pistol could be used to measure the force of the explosion of inflammable airs.
Volta perceives tension as electric fluid's tendency to expand, in analogy to the concept of the pressure of a gas.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Alessandro Volta
Sweden described an electrophorus in 1762, Volta's was the first practical machine of the kind and, therefore, the prototype of the rotary influence machines of the present day, such as the Holtz, the Voss, and the Wimshurst.
In the summer of 1899, the centenary of the invention of the voltaic battery, an exposition was held in
Como of electrical apparatus constructed and used by Volta in his investigations, but unfortunately a fire broke out and many of these heirlooms of science were destroyed.
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 Alessandro Volta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Volta was born and educated in Como, Lombardy (Italy).
Volta is buried in the city of Como in Italy; the Tempio Voltiano near Lake Como is a museum devoted to explaining his work; his original instruments and papers are on display there.
Alessandro Volta on the 10000 Italian Lire banknote.
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 Anthroposophie Forum - Bibliothek: Alessandro Volta
Volta began experimenting with metals in 1794 and discovered animal tissue was not needed to produce a current.
One year later, Alessandro Volta demonstrated his battery's generation of electric current to Napoleon in Paris and he was made into a count and a senator of the kingdom of Lombardy.
Alessandro Volta was born on Febuary the 18th, 1745 in Como, Lombardy and died, 82 years after on March the 5th, 1827, also in Como, Lombardy.
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 IEC - Techline > Alessandro Volta
Such was Volta’s reputation that he was soon appointed professor of natural philosophy (physics) at the University of Pavia in 1779.
The ‘voltaic’ pile or battery could, for the first time, show that water could be decomposed into hydrogen and oxygen; Sir Humphry Davy used it in 1807 to separate the elements sodium and potassium from their alkalis for the first time.
Volta’s achievements were permanently recognized in 1881 when the standard unit of potential difference was named the ‘volt’.
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 CIRL - Pioneers in Electricity and Magnetism: Alessandro Volta
Alessandro Volta was an Italian scientist whose skepticism of Luigi Galvani’s theory of animal electricity led him to propose that an electrical current is generated by contact between different metals.
Volta was the most vocal doubter, and embarked on a series of experiments to develop a different explanation for the strange phenomena.
Volta’s work led him to theorize that the tissue of the frog was not necessary for the generation of a current, but rather that the legs of the animal served simply as indicators of an electrical charge passing between dissimilar metals, such as steel and brass.
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 Alessandro Volta
Volta, a former high school physics teacher, found that it was the presence of two dissimilar metals, not the frog leg, that was critical.
The Galvani vs. Volta debate was one of the most interesting episodes in the history of science, and was devoid of personal animosity, because Galvani and Volta were both gentleman and friends, and also had high scientific principles.
Volta invented the so-called Volta’s pile (or voltaic pile); the electrophorus; an electric condenser; and the voltaic cell.
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 Pioneers of Power - Alessandro Volta
The invention, in 1800, of the electric battery and the discovery of current electricity, by Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist and university professor, was a turning point in electrochemistry.
Volta believed the two metals were not just conductors but actually had generated the electricity themselves.
The "pile" as Volta named it, was the first electric battery and the first device to produce electricity without the use of friction.
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When Luigi Galvani's experiments with "animal electricity" were published (1791), Volta began experiments that led him to theorize that animal tissue was not necessary for conduction of electricity.
Volta taught at Como Gymnasium (1775-78) and at Pavia University (1778-1815).
Bibliography: Dibner, Bern, Alessandro Volta and the Electric Battery (1964); Pera, M., The Ambiguous Prog, trans.
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 The Energy Planet :: Count Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) :: English
He is accredited with creating the first electric battery, called then a voltaic stack, and with the invention of the electric condenser, a machine that could generate static electricity.
There is not a lot of information on Count Alessandro Volta’s life, but there are records of Napoleon giving him the title of Count in gratitude for his inventions that have revolutionized the world of today.
Volta did an experiment where he placed two electrodes (connected to a battery he developed) into both of his ear canals.
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 Volta
Volta was born to nobility that had moved down in social station.
Volta became fascinated with the phenomenon of the age, electricity.
Throughout his life, though, Volta was able to shift with the changing politics of the time and to remain in good graces with whatever government was in power.
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 Alessandro volta - Alessandro Volta
Alessandro Volta was born in Como in northern Italy in 1745.
ALESSANDRO VOLTA (1745-1827), Italian physicist, was born at Como on the 18th of February 1745.
Alessandro Volta AKA Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta In 1779 a chair of physics was founded in Pavia, and Volta was chosen to occupy it.
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 Adventures in CyberSound: Volta, Alessandro
Born in Como, Italy, into a noble family, Count Volta was a physicist and pioneer in the study of electricity.
In 1775 Alessandro Volta's interest in electricity led him to invent the electrophorus, a device used to generate static electricity.
Volta began experimenting in 1794 with metals alone and found that animal tissue was not needed to produce a current.
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 Alessandro Volta: 1800 first printing, the invention of the battery
Volta’s invention is one of the earliest and most important causes of the change” (PMM 255).
“Volta’s greatest contribution to science began with the discovery by Luigi Galvani in 1791 that the muscles in dead frogs contract when two dissimilar metals (brass and iron) are brought into contact with the muscle and each other.
Volta successfully repeated Galvani’s experiments using different metals and different animals, and he also found that placing the two metals on his tongue produced an unpleasant sensation.
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 Alessandro Volta: The Voltaic Pile Experiment - The Invention of the Battery
with Galvani's theory of animal electricity that led Volta, in 1800, to build the voltaic pile to prove that electricity did not come from the animal tissue but was generated by the contact of different metals in a moist environment.
Most historians attribute the invention of the battery to Alessandro Volta since his voltaic pile was the first battery that produced a reliable, steady current of electricity.
Volta found that this wet stack of “dissimilar metals” created a small electric current, and this current could be drawn off through wires and used for experiments.
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In the late 18th century the famous physicist Alessandro Volta, after whom the volt is named, demonstrated that gas collected from marshy areas and sediments could be ignited when exposed to air.
Alessandro Volta was born in Como in northern Italy in 1745.
Alessandro Volta (for whom the volt was named) made the first batteries 200 years ago, and rechargeable lead-acid batteries have been manufactured for a century.
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 Alessandro Volta biography   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Galvani's discovery of what he termed "animal electricity" led Volta to experiments with two different metals in contact, and in 1794, with his condensing electroscope, he virtually proved his theory that the action of the current was due to the two metals.
In 1801 Volta was called to Paris, where he repeated his more important experiments before the Institute of France and was received by Napoleon, who made him Count and Senator and gave him a gold medal.
A centennial exposition commemorative of the discovery of the voltaic cell was held at Como in 1899, but unfortunately a number of valuable Volta relics and manuscripts were destroyed by fire.
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Volta's battery was made with pairs of zinc and silver pieces.
Alessandro Volta's voltaic pile was the first "wet cell battery" that produced a reliable, steady current of electricity.
Volta stacked the two to form a "pile", the first "dry" battery.
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