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Alessandro Volta

1745 - 1827

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Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (, Italian: [alesˈsandro ˈvɔlta]; 18 February 1745 – 5 March 1827) was an Italian physicist and chemist who was a pioneer of electricity and power and is credited as the inventor of the electric battery and the discoverer of methane. He invented the voltaic pile in 1799, and reported the results of his experiments in 1800 in a two-part letter to the president of the Royal Society. With this invention Volta proved that electricity could be generated chemically and debunked the prevalent theory that electricity was generated solely by living beings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alessandro Volta has received more than 2,483,878 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 99 in 2019). Alessandro Volta is the 7th most popular physicist (up from 8th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from Italy (up from 33rd in 2019) and the most popular Italian Physicist.

Alessandro Volta is most famous for his voltaic pile, which was the first battery.

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Among physicists, Alessandro Volta ranks 7 out of 717Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Michael Faraday, and Wilhelm Röntgen. After him are Max Planck, Robert Hooke, Pierre Curie, Hans Christian Ørsted, James Prescott Joule, and André-Marie Ampère.

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Among people born in 1745, Alessandro Volta ranks 1After him are Mikhail Kutuzov, John Jay, Philippe Pinel, Maria Luisa of Spain, Archduke Charles Joseph of Austria, Carl Stamitz, Levin August von Bennigsen, Andrianampoinimerina, Fyodor Ushakov, Valentin Haüy, and Johan Christian Fabricius. Among people deceased in 1827, Alessandro Volta ranks 2Before him is Ludwig van Beethoven. After him are Pierre-Simon Laplace, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, William Blake, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Frederick Augustus I of Saxony, Wilhelm Hauff, Samuel Crompton, Maria Theresa of Austria, Ugo Foscolo, and Ernst Chladni.

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Among people born in Italy, Alessandro Volta ranks 30 out of 4,668Before him are Ovid (-43), Sandro Botticelli (1445), Marcus Aurelius (121), Petrarch (1304), Caligula (12), and Giovanni Boccaccio (1313). After him are Florence Nightingale (1820), Niccolò Paganini (1782), Parmenides (-501), Horace (-65), Giacomo Puccini (1858), and Titian (1488).


Among physicists born in Italy, Alessandro Volta ranks 1After him are Evangelista Torricelli (1608), Enrico Fermi (1901), Luigi Galvani (1737), Laura Bassi (1711), Emilio Segrè (1905), Giorgio Parisi (1948), Francesco Maria Grimaldi (1618), Ettore Majorana (1906), Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746), Carlo Rubbia (1934), and Bruno Pontecorvo (1913).