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, chemist, and pioneer of electricity and power who 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 1,900,290 page views. His biography is available in 99 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 97 in 2019). Alessandro Volta is the 8th most popular physicist (down from 6th in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from Italy (up from 34th 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 8 out of 721Before him are Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Michael Faraday, Wilhelm Röntgen, and Max Planck. After him are Niels Bohr, James Prescott Joule, André-Marie Ampère, Ernest Rutherford, James Clerk Maxwell, and Robert Hooke.

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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, Johan Christian Fabricius, Andrianampoinimerina, Casimir Pulaski, and Fyodor Ushakov. 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, Maria Theresa of Austria, Ugo Foscolo, Samuel Crompton, and George Canning.

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Among people born in Italy, Alessandro Volta ranks 33 out of 4,088Before him are Caligula (12), Ovid (-43), Sandro Botticelli (1445), Pontius Pilate (-12), Lorenzo de' Medici (1449), and Horace (-65). After him are Donatello (1386), Niccolò Paganini (1782), Ennio Morricone (1928), Tiberius (-42), Titian (1488), and Giacomo Casanova (1725).


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), Francesco Maria Grimaldi (1618), Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746), Ettore Majorana (1906), Carlo Rubbia (1934), Galileo Ferraris (1847), and Bruno Pontecorvo (1913).