Electrochemistry and fuel cells: the contribution of William Robert Grove

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William Robert Grove (1811-1896), a British lawer, judge, and researcher, discovered the voltaic cell that carries his name (more powerful than the Daniell one), the fuel cell, and carried fundamental research in the area of electrochemistry and allied phenomena. His general analysis of physical phenomena may be considered an expression of the first law of thermodynamics and the negation of perpetual motion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-490
Number of pages15
JournalIndian Journal of History of Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015


  • Daniell cell
  • Electrochemistry
  • Energy conversion
  • First law of thermodynamics
  • Flame electricity
  • Perpetual motion
  • Gas fuel cell
  • Grove cell
  • Polarization


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