Alessandro Volta

1745 - 1827

Alessandro Volta

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 1,596,138 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 6th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Alessandro Volta ranks 6 out of 659Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, and Michael Faraday. After him are Niels Bohr, Max Planck, James Clerk Maxwell, André-Marie Ampère, Pierre Curie, and Ernest Rutherford.

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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, Casimir Pulaski, Johan Christian Fabricius, Johan Gottlieb Gahn, and Andrianampoinimerina. 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, Ugo Foscolo, Maria Theresa of Austria, Wilhelm Müller, and Samuel Crompton.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Alessandro Volta ranks 34 out of 3,282Before him are Sandro Botticelli (1445), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Pontius Pilate (-12), Horace (-65), Titian (1488), and Niccolò Paganini (1782). After him are Donatello (1386), Lorenzo de' Medici (1449), Giacomo Puccini (1858), Catherine de' Medici (1519), Tiberius (-42), and Pope John XXIII (1881).


Among physicists born in Italy, Alessandro Volta ranks 1After him are Evangelista Torricelli (1608), Enrico Fermi (1901), Luigi Galvani (1737), Emilio Segrè (1905), Laura Bassi (1711), Ettore Majorana (1906), Francesco Maria Grimaldi (1618), Carlo Rubbia (1934), Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746), Galileo Ferraris (1847), and Bruno Pontecorvo (1913).

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