What scientist was born on today's date?

January 12
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Lazarro Spallanzani (Natural History)
Birthday: 1729, Scandiano, Italy
Lazarro Spallanzani studied law at Bologna and accepted the chair in natural history at the University of Pavia. He was a founder of experimental biology working mainly with amphibians. He studied sterilizing by heat; showed that hot air is less effective than hot water for sterilization purposes; and showed that some minute organisms can live for days in a vacuum.
"If I set out to prove something, I am no real scientist—I have to learn to follow where the facts lead me—I have to learn to whip my prejudices."

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