Count Alesandro Anastasio Volta, physicist and inventor, early 19th century.

 
Count Alesandro Anastasio Volta, physicist and inventor, early 19th century.
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actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

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Count Alesandro Anastasio Volta (1745-1827) Italian physicist and inventor of the voltaic pile, an early battery. This consisted of two different metals, separated by chemicals in order to enable a flow of electricity. It had previously been thought (Galvani) that animal tisue was neccesary to generate electricity. The unit of electromotive force 'volt' is named after him.

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