Physicist and chemist Alessandro Volta was born in Italy
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Physicist and chemist Alessandro Volta was born in Italy on February 18th, in 1745.
A professor in physics, Volta concurrently researched electrical science and invented the Voltaic pile in 1800.
This was the first electric battery that provided uninterrupted electric current to a circuit through the contact of two different metals (zinc and copper, for instance), proving that electricity could be generated chemically. This discovery debunked Galvani's animal electricity theory, whereby an animal's muscle tissue was thought to carry and conduct electricity.
In honor of his achievements, the unit of electric potential, the Volt (V), was named after him.