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Camillo Golgi

Camillo GolgiAKA Camillini Golgi

Born: 7-Jul-1843
Birthplace: Córteno Golgi, Italy
Died: 21-Jan-1926
Location of death: Pavia, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: Italy
Executive summary: Structure of the nervous system

Camillo Golgi devised a new staining technique for examining nervous tissue, and shared the Nobel Prize in 1906 with Santiago Ramón y Cajal, for their competing findings on the structure of the nervous system. Golgi believed that the nervous system was comprised of cell linked together in a continuous nerve network. Cajal used and improved Golgi's staining methods, showing that the nervous system consists of generally independent neurons, communicating through specialized synapses. To his death Golgi disputed Cajal's findings, but later findings have established that Cajal was generally more correct.

Father: Alessandro Golgi (physician)
Wife: Donna Lina Aletti (niece of noted pathologist Giulio Bizzozero, m. 1877)
Daughter: Carolina Golgi-Papini (adopted, Golgi's biological niece)

    Medical School: University of Pavia (1865)
    Professor: Histology, University of Pavia (1876-1918)
    Professor: General Pathology, University of Pavia (1881-1918)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1906 (with Santiago Ramón y Cajal)
    Italian Ancestry

Author of books:
Opera Omnia (1903,1927, four volumes, collected articles)

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