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Alessandro Volta

Physicist and Inventor Alessandro Volta

Full Name: Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta
Profession: Physicist and Inventor


Why Famous: Italian physicist known for the invention of the battery in the 19th century; remember in the name of the SI unit of electrical potential difference, and the meter with which it is measured.

Born: February 18, 1745
Birthplace: Corno, Duchy of Milan
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: March 5, 1827 (aged 82)

Married Life

  • 1794-09-22 Physicist Alessandro Volta (49) weds Teresa Peregrini

Historical Events

  • 1800-03-20 Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London