Google Honors Alessandro Volta, The Inventor Of The Battery, On His 270th Birthday

Feb 18, 2015 • 8:19 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos
 

Today on the Google home page throughout all Google properties worldwide is a Google Doodle, aka Google logo, remembering the life of Alessandro Volta on his 270th Birthday.

Google Honors Alessandro Volta Doodle Logo

Alessandro Volta is credited for inventing the first electrical battery, which all of of find incredibly dependent on these days. He specifically invented the Voltaic Pile, the first battery that could continuously provide an electrical current to a circuit.

It was pretty simple, only consisting of two electrodes: one made of zinc, the other of copper. He invented it in 1799, about 216 years ago.

Alessandro Volta was born on February 18, 1745 in Italy and died at the age of 85 on March 5, 1827 also in Italy.

Google posted this Doodle to honor his contributions to the world and also posted a little something on Google+ about it:

Do you know why the Energizer Bunny keeps going and going? The answer is Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the battery. For Volta’s 270th birthday, our doodle in Italy and around the world features his invention the Voltaic Pile, the first battery that could continuously provide an electrical current to a circuit.

Mark Holmes is the artist behind this Google Doodle and he shared his inspiration for it on this page:

As a new artist here at Google I was given the exciting opportunity to design the Doodle for Volta as just my second doodle. This was particularly thrilling given he was the 18th century Italian physicist, chemist and electrical pioneer who invented the first electrical battery.

This is his second Doodle and it went global on Google's home page, not bad Mark!

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