Joseph-Ignace Guillotin

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    dr. joseph-ignace guillotin (musée carnavalet, paris)
    born(1738-05-28)28 may 1738
    saintes, france
    died26 march 1814(1814-03-26) (aged 75)
    paris, france
    resting placepère lachaise cemetery
    nationalityfrench
    educationirish college, bordeaux
    reims university
    university of paris
    occupationphysician
    known forproposing a painless method for executions, inspiring the guillotine

    dr. joseph-ignace guillotin (french: [ʒɔzɛf iɲas ɡijɔtɛ̃]; 28 may 1738 – 26 march 1814) was a french physician, politician and freemason who proposed on 10 october 1789 the use of a device to carry out death penalties in france, as a less painful method of execution. although he really did not invent the guillotine, and in fact opposed the death penalty, his name became an eponym for it. the actual inventor of the prototype was a man named tobias schmidt working with the kings physician antoine louis.

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Joseph-Ignace Guillotin
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Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (Musée Carnavalet, Paris)
Born(1738-05-28)28 May 1738
Saintes, France
Died26 March 1814(1814-03-26) (aged 75)
Resting placePère Lachaise Cemetery
NationalityFrench
EducationIrish College, Bordeaux
Reims University
University of Paris
OccupationPhysician
Known forProposing a painless method for executions, inspiring the guillotine

Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (French: [ʒɔzɛf iɲas ɡijɔtɛ̃]; 28 May 1738 – 26 March 1814) was a French physician, politician and freemason who proposed on 10 October 1789 the use of a device to carry out death penalties in France, as a less painful method of execution. Although he really did not invent the guillotine, and in fact opposed the death penalty, his name became an eponym for it. The actual inventor of the prototype was a man named Tobias Schmidt working with the kings physician Antoine Louis.