News | Published:

Calendar of Discovery and Invention

Abstract

March 20, 1800.—It was in his letter addressed “a Como en Milanois, ce 20 m Mars 1800,” that Volta communicated to Sir Joseph Banks his discovery of the voltaic pile. The letter arrived in parts, but the whole was read to the Royal Society on June 26, 1800. From the information contained in the first part, Nicholson and Carlisle made a pile with 36 halfcrowns and 36 zinc discs, and with this they decomposed water.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Comments

By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.