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Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (Musée Carnavalet, Paris)
|Died||26 March 1814
|Resting place||Père Lachaise Cemetery|
|Education||Irish College, Bordeaux
University of Paris
|Known for||Proposing a painless method for executions, inspiring the guillotine|
Joseph-Ignace Guillotin ( 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 than existing methods. Although he did not invent the guillotine and 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 king's physician, Antoine Louis.
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