Ten fun facts about Alessandro Volta


Fact 1
In 1800 as the result of a professional disagreement over the galvanic response advocated by Galvani, he invented the voltaic pile, an early electric battery, which produced a steady electric current.

Fact 2
The battery made by Volta is credited as the first electrochemical cell.

Fact 3
A year later, he improved and popularized the electrophorus, a device that produced static electricity.


Fact 4
Volta also studied what we now call electrical capacitance, developing separate means to study both electrical potential (V ) and charge (Q ), and discovering that for a given object, they are proportional. This may be called Volta's Law of capacitance, and it was for this work the unit of electrical potential has been named the volt.

Fact 5
In honor of his work, Volta was made a count by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801.

Fact 6
His image was depicted upon the Italian 10,000 lira note (no longer in circulation, since the lira has been replaced by the euro) along with a sketch of his well-known voltaic pile.

Fact 7
He discovered the electrochemical series, and the law that the electromotive force (emf) of a galvanic cell, consisting of a pair of metal electrodes separated by electrolyte, is the difference between their two electrode potentials (thus, two identical electrodes and a common electrolyte give zero net emf). This may be called Volta's Law of the electrochemical series.

Fact 8
Volta's legacy is celebrated by the Tempio Voltiano memorial located in the public gardens by the lake.

Fact 9
There is also a museum which has been built in his honor, and it exhibits some of the original equipment that Volta used to conduct experiments.

Fact 10
The Villa Olmo houses the Voltian Foundation, an organization promoting scientific activities.


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Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta was an Italian physicist known for the invention of the battery in the 1800s

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