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Georges Leclanché (1839 - 1882), a French engineer credited with inventing the first battery in 1866. Leclanché’s battery was known as a “wet cell” because both the anode and cathode were submerged into a liquid solution of ammonium chloride (which acted as the electrolyte). In a slightly modified form, the Leclanché battery, now called a dry cell or zinc–carbon battery, is produced in great quantities and widely used in devices such as flashlights and portable electronics.
Cutler J. Cleveland (Lead Author);Peter Saundry (Topic Editor) "Leclanché, Georges". In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth August 21, 2008; Last revised Date August 21, 2008; Retrieved June 18, 2013 <http://www.eoearth.org/article/Leclanch%C3%A9,_Georges>