In 1818, a real life Frankenstein experiment took place at the hands of a man named Andrew Ure. Coincidentally, that same year, Mary Shelley published her tale of an electrically reanimated corpse, Frankenstein. Shelley and Ure were not alone in this strange project, however. During the early 1800s, many scientists were fascinated by the idea that electricity could potentially bring a body back to life.
Scottish professor Andrew Ure was one of those scientists. Although he was a chemistry professor (and knew almost nothing about electricity), he jumped right on board and performed an experiment on a human man. Andrew Ure's Frankenstein was a convicted murderer who had just been hung at the gallows.
Ure's experiment in reanimation horrified and fascinated the general public. So who was the man he tried to bring back to life, and how did he do it?
Electricity Could Have Been The Essence Of Life, Which Motivated Scientists To Use It On Corpses
At First, Scientists Practiced Galvanism On Animals, Including Frogs And Kittens
The "Murder Act" Provided Human Specimens To Scientists
Matthew Clydesdale, Ure's Intended Frankenstein, Was A Murderer
Andrew Ure Had No Experience With Electricity, But You Can't Keep A Good Scientist Down
The Experiment Produced An Hour Of Ghastly Contortions, Which Made Some In The Audience Faint