CAT/SP VIP Person Nr. 12 – Francesc Salvà – A life dedicated to medicine and telegraphy

Francesc Salvà was born in Barcelona, on July 12, 1751. During his adolescence, his extraordinary abilities attracted the attention of the Bishop of Barcelona, who advised his parents to let him study medicine in Valencia, where he completed his course in three years instead of the usual four. In 1771, he successfully passed the Bachelor of Medicine and he earned his doctorate in medicine at the University of Toulouse.At the age of only 22 years, in 1773, he became a member of the Academy of Medical Practice.

He took a special interest in vaccination, particularly against the disease of smallpox. He received several awards from the Paris Society of Medicine.He started a medical school in Barcelona in an effort to train more doctors.

In 1795, Dr. Salva presented at the Academy of Natural Sciences and Arts of Barcelona his first report devoted to “The Electricity applied to telegraphy.” Salva demonstrated the basis of electric telegraphy, anticipating the wireless telegraph and undersea cables.