January 30, 2020

Shockingly Intelligent

In many technical arenas, standard units are named for pioneers in that field. In electricity:

The volt, the unit for electric potential, is named for Italian physicist Alessandro Volta.

The watt, the unit for mechanical and electrical power, is named for Scottish engineer James Watt.

The amp or ampere, the unit for electric current, is named for French physicist André-Marie Ampère.