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Luigi Aloisio Galvani ( Latin : Aloysius Galvani ) (September 9, 1737 – December 4, 1798) was an Italian physician, physicist and philosopher who had also studied medicine and had practised as a doctor, lived and died in Bologna . In 1771, he discovered that the muscles of dead frogs legs twitched when struck by a spark. [ 1 ] This was one of the first forays into the study of bioelectricity , a field that still today studies the electrical patterns and signals of the nervous system . [ edit ] Early life Luigi Galvani was born to Domenico and Barbara Foschi in Bologna, Italy. His father was a goldsmith and his mother was Domenico's fourth wife. His family was not aristocratic, but they could afford to send at least one of their sons to study at a university.