Joseph-Ignace Guillotin

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Birthday
28, 1738
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Mar 26, 1814 (75)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
28, 1738
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Mar 26, 1814 (75)

About

French physician best known for proposing the idea of executing prisoners using the bladed device that has come to be known as the "guillotine".

Before Fame

He won the title of Doctor-Regent while a member of the faculty at Rheims.

Trivia

Despite the fact that the guillotine was named after him, it was Antoine Louis, not Guillotin, who invented the prototype.

Family Life

His family was so ashamed of their association with the guillotine that they petitioned the French government to re-name it.

Associated With

He and Benjamin Franklin were both part of a commission to investigate the idea of "animal magnetism".