The Italian anatomist Filipo Pacini (1812-1883) is today remembered
for this discovery and almost nothing else. Even that legacy
has to be shared; these are sometimes called "Vater-Pacini
corpuscles" to include one Abraham Vater (1684-1751), an
anatomist and a botanist.
P.S. Don't get him confused with the operatic composer Puccini....ha, ha!
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