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An early form of electrostatic generator. It consists of a flat dielectric plate and a metal plate with an insulated handle. The dielectric plate is charged by friction and the metal plate ...



A lectin of the galaptin family from Electrophorus electricus, and the name of a group of β‐d‐galactoside‐binding lectins found in teleosts, amphibians, and mammals.
Volta, Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio

Volta, Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio (1745–1827)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Chemistry (8 ed.)

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...Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio ( 1745–1827 ) Italian physicist . In 1774 he began teaching in Como and in that year invented the electrophorus. He moved to Pavia University in 1778 . In 1800 he made the first voltaic cell , thus providing the first practical source of electric current. The invention of the voltaic cell very soon led to the discovery of electrolysis , thus demonstrating a close link between chemistry and electricity. The SI unit of potential difference is named after...