Voltaic pile given to Faraday, 1813-1827, replica

Made:
1813-1827 in Italy
inventor:
Alessandro Volta

Copy of volta pile.

The Italian scientist Alessandro Volta invented the battery in 1800. This column of zinc and copper discs separated by cardboard discs soaked in salt solution is a faithful copy of a 'voltaic pile' battery that Volta made and gave to the English scientist Michael Faraday. The availability of a steady supply of electric current made possible a host of key discoveries during the 19th century - including electromagnetic induction and several new chemical elements.

Details

Category:
Electricity and Magnetism
Identifier:
1930-728
type:
voltaic piles
credit:
Science Museum London

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