Born: February 18, 1745, Como, Italy
Died: March 5, 1827, Como, Italy
Full name: Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Gerolamo Umberto Volta
Children: Giovanni Volta, Flaminio Volta, Zanino Volta
Awards: Copley Medal
"Google has celebrated the 270th birthday of the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta with a doodle on its homepage.
Volta, who was born Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, is best known for inventing the first battery.
Born in Como, Italy, he gave his name to the electrical unit 'volt' in 1881.
In 1774, Volta became the professor of physics at the Royal School of Como. A year later, he invented the electrophorus: a device used to generate static electricity.
During his tenure at the university, he also discovered and isolated methane gas.
By 1779, Volta was appointed to the chair of physics at the University of Pavia."