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Mateja Maričić

Malpighi experiment

Grades: 7th Grade
Subjects: Science

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Marcello Malpighi (1628-1694). Physician and biologist, regarded as the father of microscopical anatomy and histology, Malpighi was born on March 10, 1628 at Crevalcore near Bologna. He was educated in his native city, entering at the age of 17 the University of Bologna, where he studied Grammar, Philosophy, Physics and Anatomy. In 1656 he was made a lecturer at Bologna, and then a professor of physics at Pisa. In 1660, Malpighi returned to Bologna and dedicated himself to the study of anatomy, conducting experiments on plants and insects. Because of this work, many microscopic anatomical structures are named after Malpighi, including a skin layer (Malpighian layer) and two different Malpighian corpuscles in the kidneys and the spleen, as well as the Malpighian tubules in the excretory system of insects.A talented sketch artist, Malpighi seems to have been the first author to have made detailed drawings of individual organs of flowers. In his Anatome plantarum, there is a longitudinal