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This voltaic pile, the first real battery invented by Alessandro Volta in the early 1800s, was donated to Smithsonian’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. by the Canisius College Department of Physics through the late Rev. James Ruddick, S.J., former chair of physics and director of the Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station.

It is currently on display at the Smithsonian as part of the “Lighting a Revolution” exhibit.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Department of Physics