Ten fun facts about Luigi Galvani


Fact 1
He was an early discoverer of bioelectricity. He used a spark to touch muscles of dead frog legs and see them twitch.

Fact 2
His parents could only afford to send one child to a university, so he was sent to the Faculty of the Arts of the University of Bologna.

Fact 3
His work was the major basis for the novel "Frankenstein", and even mentioned by the author Mary Shelley.

Fact 4
There is a monument Luigi Galvani Square in Bologna. It is a statue of him doing an experiment with a frog.

Fact 5
He did study, along with medicine, surgery. This helped him with the animal experiments, as he knew where to find parts in the body.

Fact 6
He is responsible for coining the study of electricity with animals originally as 'galvanism'.

Fact 7
Galvani graduated with a degree in medicine as well as a degree in philosophy.

Fact 8
He married a daughter of one of his professors, and took over the lecturer position after the professor had died.

Fact 9
When he was 15, he wanted to take his religious vows but his parents refused to let him.

Fact 10
He died in poverty after his financial support was taken away by the new French client state in 1797. He refused to swear loyalty to the new authority.


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An Italian physicist and philosopher.

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