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Volta objected to Galvani’s conclusions about “animal electric fluid,” but the two scientists disagreed respectfully and Volta coined the term galvanism for a direct current of electricity produced by chemical action. The galvanometer, an instrument for measuring a small electric current, was also named after Galvani, who was correct in attributing muscular contractions to electrical stimuli. In 1790 Galvani’s wife died childless and he died eight years later, shortly after being dismissed from his university position when he refused to take the oath of allegiance required by the occupying Napoleonic army.
Galvani's frog leg experiments
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