Gaston Planté, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Gaston Planté

French physicist

Date of Birth: 22-Apr-1834

Place of Birth: Orthez, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Date of Death: 21-May-1889

Profession: physicist, inventor, paleontologist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Gaston Planté

  • Gaston Planté (22 April 1834 – 21 May 1889) was a French physicist who invented the lead–acid battery in 1859.
  • This type battery was developed as the first rechargeable electric battery marketed for commercial use and it is widely used in automobiles. Planté was born on 22 April 1834 in Orthez, France.
  • In 1854 he began work as an assistant lecturer in physics at the Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in Paris.
  • In 1860 he was promoted to the post of Professor of Physics at the Polytechnic Association for the Development of Popular Instruction.
  • An amphitheatre at that institute is named after him. In 1855, Planté discovered the first fossils of the prehistoric flightless bird Gastornis parisiensis (named after him) near Paris.
  • This gigantic animal was a very close relative of the famous diatrymas of North America.
  • At that time, Planté was at the start of his academic career, serving as a teaching assistant to A.
  • E.
  • Becquerel (father of Nobel laureate Henri Becquerel).
  • This early discovery—although it created considerable excitement in 1855—was soon to be overshadowed by Planté's subsequent discoveries.

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