- key Alessandro Volta facts: life, birth, death; main discoveries . .
Alessandro Volta was one of the key pioneers in early electrical science. In recognition for the work he undertook his name has been given to the unit of electromotive force and voltage.
There are many important Alessandro Volta facts that are summarised in the table below.
Alessandro Volta facts
A summary of some of the chief facts about Alessandro Volta: facts about his life, his discoveries and the positions he held, etc.
|Key Alessandro Volta Facts|
|Full Name||Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta|
|Birth date||18 February 1745|
|Birth place||Como, Northern Italy|
|Father||Formerly a Jesuit priest - Filippo Volta|
|Sons||Zanino, Flaminio, and Luigi|
|Death||5 May 1827 in Como|
|Education||Initially at the school of rhetoric in Como|
|First employment||Lecturer at the Royal School in Como|
|Longest position held||Professor of experimental physics at the University of Pavia - position held for almost 40 years from 1779.|
|Major discoveries||Developed the first electrical battery|
|Also known for||Discovery of Methane (isolated the gas in 1778)|
|Also studied||Electrical capacitance|
|Honours awarded to him||Copley Medal (1794), Legion of Honour, Order of the Iron Crown|
These are just a few of the main Alessandro Volta facts. During his life he contributed a great amount, not only to electrical science but also chemistry.