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FrenchBorn Jacques Arsène D'ARSONVAL

French physician and physicist

Born on June 08, 1851 in La Porcherie, France , France

Died on December 31, 1940 in La Porcherie, France

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D'Arsonval was an important contributor to the emerging field of electrophysiology, the study of the effects of electricity on biological organisms, in the nineteenth century.

He obtained his medical degree in 1877 after studying in Limoges and Paris. In 1892, he became directory of the new laboratory of biophysics at the College de France and in 1894 was appointed professor.


In 1881, d'Arsonval proposed tapping the thermal energy of the ocean. d'Arsonval's student, Georges Claude, built the first OTEC plant in Cuba in 1930.

d'Arsonval has a phenomenon named after him. An alternating current having a frequency of 10 kilohertz or greater produces no muscular contractions and does not affect the sensory nerves. It is also called the Tesla Current.

He was awarded the Prix Montyon in 1882 and was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1884, with Grand Cross in 1931.

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