Volta, Alessandro, Conte

Volta, Alessandro, Conte älĕs-sän´drō kôn´tā vôl´tä [key], 1745–1827, Italian physicist. He was professor of physics at the Univ. of Pavia from 1779 and became famous for his work in electricity. Napoleon I made him a count and a senator of the kingdom of Lombardy. Volta invented the so-called Volta's pile (or voltaic pile) the electrophorus an electric condenser and the voltaic cell . The volt , a unit of electrical measurement, is named for Volta.

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