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Alessandro Volta was an Italian physicist, chemist and a advocate of electricity. Who lived from 1745 until 1827.
One of his major accomplishments was the invention of the battery, which consisted of two electrodes, one of copper and the other of zinc. Which he got the idea from and experiment his friend Luigi Galvani did which involved using frog legs and electrcity.
Volta's voltaic pile model
Alessandro Volta also is credited with the discovery of methane. He studied chemistry and papers written by Benjamin Franklin. He found it in lake Maggiore and in 1778 he managed to isolate the methane.
Volta gained a lot of attention for his work, especially from important people, like that of Napoleon Bonaparte. He was invited to the Institute of France to show off his accomplishments.
Bonaparte and Volta would become close friends and Bonaparte would eventually make Volta a count. After Volta's death he would be honored in many ways. One of the biggest and most popular ways was naming the SI unit of electric potential Volt, after his last name.
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