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Lazzaro Spallanzani

Lazzaro Spallanzani (Born::January 10, 1729 - Died::February 12, 1799) was an Italian biologist and physiologist born in Scandiano, a small town in Emilia, and was a famous natural scientist who studied and published about natural philosophy and mathematics. He was also a natural scientist who made important contributions to the study of animal reproduction. When he was 25, Lazzaro Spallanzani became a professor of university of Reggio as a teacher of logic, math, and language. Six years later, Lazzaro transferred to Modena, where he continued to study. He published about the result of generation in 1755. He used planarians and snails to demonstrate a published theory. In 1761 Lazzaro Spallanzani's works of Georges comte de Buffon was introduced by Vellisnieri. Through his lab work, he also demonstrated that diseases and molds are transmitted throught the air. After Lazzaro's death from bladder cancer on February 12, 1799, the famous scientist Louis Pasteur used Lazzaro Spallanzani's work to demonstrate his theory on microorganisms.

What did he do ?

  1. In 1760, he published an article critical about a new translation of the Iliad
  2. In 1761, his study that all living things contain a special atom called vital atom, was published.
  3. In 1766, his study that the mechanics of stones bounce when thrown across water was published.
  4. In 1768, his study of 'the result of regeneration' was published
  5. He and Jean Senebier said that God had created.


  • Dissertationi de fisica animale e vegetale. 2 volumes. 1780.
  • Viaggi alle due Sicilie ed in alcune parti dell'Appennino. 1792.


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