Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist

Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist

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Caption: Luigi Galvani statue. Italian anatomist Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) noticed that dead frogs twitched when included in a circuit with metals (books and a dissected frog shown here). This led him to propose that 'animal electricity' was responsible, generated by the nerve and muscle tissue in the dead frog. This theory was later shown to be false by Volta in 1800, who showed that the electric current was generated by the metals. The galvanometer and galvanisation are both named after Galvani. This marble statue, unveiled in 1879 in the Piazza Galvani, Bologna, Italy, is by the Italian sculptor Adalberto Cencetti (1847-1907).

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