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published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
written by Shannon Neaves
edited by Kristen Coyne
This is a short biography of Alessandro Volta, the 18th-century Italian scientist who proposed the theory that electrical current is generated by contact between different metals. His experimental work resulted in the construction of the "voltaic pile" battery, the first known source of sustainable electric current.  The biography includes a link to a simulation of his voltaic pile device.

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Volta, battery, biographies, historical biographics, historical instruments, history of electricity, history of science, science biographies, science history, voltaic pile
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Neaves, S. (2009, December 30). Magnet Academy: Alessandro Volta. Retrieved November 16, 2018, from Florida State University:
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Neaves, Shannon. Magnet Academy: Alessandro Volta. Edited by Kristen Coyne. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009. (accessed 16 November 2018).
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Neaves, Shannon. Magnet Academy: Alessandro Volta. Ed. Coyne, Kristen. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 2007. 30 Dec. 2009. National Science Foundation. 16 Nov. 2018 <>.
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Magnet Academy: Alessandro Volta:

Is Part Of Magnet Academy: Pioneers in Electricity and Magnetism

A link to the full collection of biographies by Mag Lab U on pioneers of electricity and magnetism.

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Accompanies Magnet Academy: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile

A link to an interactive simulation that illustrates the historic "voltaic pile" device, invented in 1800 by Alessandro Volta and commonly considered the world's first battery.

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