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Laura Bassi died unexpectedly on February 20, 1778. She remained an active scientist until the end of her life, as noted by her participation in an Academy of Sciences lecture only a few hours before her death. In recognition of her achievements, Bassi was buried at Bologna's Corpus Domini. Following her funeral, some of the most distinguished women of the city built a monument in her honor at the Institute of Sciences. Verati also honored his wife by assuming her teaching chair in experimental physics.
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