Etymology of Voltage and Volt

Understood as a reference and homage to Italian chemist and physicist- Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) responsible for the first electric battery, introduced in 1880, after a falling out with his colleague, scientist and doctor Luigi Galvani (1737-1798), who would also create his version of the battery; Voltage, ending with the suffix -age, acts as a noun to denote action.

Voltage represents the set and capacity of volts available in a source. Thus, in 1827, Ohm’s law was conceived by German mathematician Georg Simon Ohm (1789-1854) in his work Die Galvanische Kette, Mathematisch Bearbeitet (translated as The Galvanic Chain, Mathematically Reviewed), based on Galvani’s battery, stating that the capacity of ‘volts’ (V) is equal to the level of amperes (R, for ‘resistance’) multiplied by ohms (I, for ‘intensity’), that is, V=R*I.

Search a Word