The voltaic pile sent to Michael Faraday, 1800.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

The voltaic pile sent to Michael Faraday, 1800.

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Copy of the voltaic pile sent to Michael Faraday (1791-1867) at the Royal Institution, London, in 1800 by Alesandro Volta (1745-1827), inventor of the first electric cells. Each cell comprised units of three discs - copper, zinc and paste board saturated with a salt solution. When piled up they formed the first battery.
 

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10211985
 

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