Authorised form of nameVolta; Alessandro (1745 - 1827)
Dates1745 - 1827
Dates and placesBirth:
Como, duchy of Milan, Italy (19 February 1745)
Como, duchy of Milan, Italy (05 March 1827)
ActivityResearch Field:
Professor of Physics, Gymnasium, Como (1774); friend of H B de Saussure; Professor of Physics, Pavia (1779); called to Pairs by Napoleon I to demonstrate some of his experiments (1801); Director of the Philosophical Faculty, Padua (1815); retired and settled in Como (1819); "volt" named after him
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Copley Medal 1794
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Marta Cavazza, 'The Institute of Science of Bologna and the Royal Society in the eighteenth century' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 3-25, plate
Paul Elliott, 'Abraham Bennet, FRS (1749-1799): A Provincial Electrician in Eighteenth-Century England' in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 59-78
Marie Boas Hall, 'The Royal Society and Italy 1667-1795' in NR 1982-83 vol 37 pp 63-81
Patricia Fara, 'Letters from a scientific emperor', review of Neil Chambers, 'The letters of Sir Joseph Banks: a selection 1768 - 1829' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 264-265
K K Schwarz, 'Faraday and Babbage' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp367-381
N G Coley, 'George Pearson MD, FRS (1751-1828): 'The greatest chemist in England'? in NR 2003 vol 57 pp
M Crosland, 'Relationships between the Royal Society and the Academie des Sciences in the late eighteenth century' in NR 2005 vol 59 pp 25-34
DSB gives date of birth as 18 February 1745
Royal Society codeNA6396
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
NLB/62/180Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to M. Cesare Morlacchi; R. Pallazo di Brera, Via Brera 28, Milano Italy19 December 1921
NLB/62/670Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. Paget Toynbee; Fiveways, Burnham, Bucks4 April 1922
L&P/10/70Paper, 'Some further remarks on the influence discovered by Mr Galvani' by Alessandro Volta22 May 1793
L&P/7/243Paper, 'Of a method of rendering very sendible the weakest natural or artificial electricity' by Alessandro Volta1782
L&P/11/137Letter, 'Account of electricity excied by contact and conducting substances of different kinds' from Alessandro Volta to Joseph Banks20 March 1800
L&P/10/32Letters, 'Account of some discoveries made by Galvani of Bologna; with experiments and observation on them' from Alessandro Volta to Tiberius Cavallo1792
EC/1791/11Volta, Alessandro: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/005261Volta, Alessandrond
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