Alessandro Volta

Yesterday was Alessandro Volta's 270th Birthday. Volta was an Italian physicist who invented the first electrical battery. The battery or the Voltaic Pile, as he called it proved that electricity could be generated by chemicals and helped develop Volta's theory that living beings were the sole conductors of electricity. Volta's invention inspired a number of similar experiments, which laid the foundation for the field of electrochemistry.

Portrait after an oil painting of Count Alessandro Volta (1745-1827)  

Portrait after an oil painting of Count Alessandro Volta (1745-1827)

 

Volta's battery. Historical illustration of the battery (or pile) made by the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) in 1800

Volta's battery. Historical illustration of the battery (or pile) made by the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) in 1800

Volta revealing his electric battery to Napoleon Bonaparte (seated) and fellow scientists, in 1800

Volta revealing his electric battery to Napoleon Bonaparte (seated) and fellow scientists, in 1800