Camillo Golgi and the discovery of the Golgi apparatus

  title={Camillo Golgi and the discovery of the Golgi apparatus},
  author={Ariane Dr{\"o}scher},
  journal={Histochemistry and Cell Biology},
  • A. Dröscher
  • Published 1998
  • Medicine
  • Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Abstract Camillo Golgi (1843–1926) was born at Corteno, near Brescia, in northern Italy. After graduating in Medicine at the ancient University of Pavia, the former seat of great scientists and naturalists, Golgi continued a long-standing Italian tradition by studying the histology of the nervous system. While working as a modest physician at Abbiategrasso, a small town near Pavia, he developed a silver–osmium technique, the ”reazione nera” (black reaction), for which he was awarded the Nobel… 

Camillo Golgi (1843 –1926): scientist extraordinaire and pioneer figure of modern neurology

  • S. Ghosh
  • Biology
    Anatomy & cell biology
  • 2020
Camillo Golgi was an extraordinary scientist whose contributions in the domain of neuroanatomy proved to be critical for emergence of neuroscience as a sovereign scientific discipline and was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1906.

In focus in Bad Ischl: Golgi apparatus 2013

An international symposium dedicated to a highly complex organelle, the Golgi apparatus, which serves to demonstrate the organelle’s complex and variable appearances and its involvement in diverse cellular activities.

From the ”apparato reticolare interno” to ”the Golgi”: 100 years of Golgi apparatus research

The discussion of the Golgi apparatus was characterized by a great variety of theories and innovative terminology, with signs of keen interest already evident during the era of light microscopy.

Camillo Golgi's Black Reaction for Staining Neurons

By enabling scientists to study individual neurons and neural tissues, Golgi's black reaction enables researchers to better study the nervous system and how it develops.

The Current State of the Golgi Proteomes

This chapter will highlight recent advances in knowledge about the Golgi apparatus in eukaryotic systems that have been largely driven by the development of isolation procedures and subsequent proteomic analysis.

An update on the Golgi staining technique improving cerebellar cell type specificity

It is demonstrated here, how a classical Golgi technique can be adapted for staining different cerebellar cell types using a time-saving and efficient protocol, enabling the identification of the detailed morphological characteristics of single cells.

The Golgi apparatus and main discoveries in the field of intracellular transport

In this chapter, we summarize important findings in the field of intracellular transport, which have considerably contributed to the understanding of the function and organization of the Golgi

Correlative microscopy of Purkinje cells.

  • O. Castejón
  • Biology
    Biocell : official journal of the Sociedades Latinoamericanas de Microscopia Electronica ... et. al
  • 2012
The correlative microscopy approach provides a deeper understanding of structure and function of the Purkinje cell, a new three-dimensional outer and inner vision, a more detailed study of afferent and intrinsic synaptic junctions, and of intracortical circuits.



The discovery of the Golgi apparatus.

The existence of the cell organelle which is now known as Golgi apparatus or Golgi complex, or simply as 'the Golgi', was first reported by Camillo Golgi in 1898, but the reality of the organelle was questioned for decades, until it was finally ascertained with electron microscopy.

Further Remarks on the Golgi Element

The Golgi element has been reinvestigated in the same kinds of cells as were the subject of the author9s 1944 paper and the opinion as to the structural plan set out in the earlier paper has been confirmed in the main.

Memoirs: The Structure and Chemical Composition of the Golgi Element

In this investigation reliance has been placed chiefly on vital observations and on the results of the formal-sudan-black technique, a colouring agent with an intense affinity for lipoids, to give an accurate picture of the structure of the Golgi element during life.


The Golgi complex consists of a heterogeneous assemblage of small vesicles, larger vacuoles and characteristic packets of flattened cisternae morphologically distinct from other membranous organelles of the cytoplasm that shows recognizable polarity in the arrangement of structural components within the complex.

A study of the spheroid system of sympathetic neurones with special reference to the problem of neurosecretion.

  • O. L. Thomas
  • Biology
    The Quarterly journal of microscopical science
  • 1948
1. Evidence is put forward in support of the view that the Golgi complement of the vertebrate sympathetic neurone consists of a dispersed system of spherical bodies. These bodies can be studied in

Form- und Stoffwechsel der Golgi-Körper

The author of “Form- und Stoffweehsel der Golgi-Körper” claimed that the zymogen granules of the pancreas acinus cells originated not inside the Golgi apparatus, but drifted into that position from the base of the cell, where they originated in contact with the mitochondria.


By means of a tissue culture technique, cells from chick embryos were procured in a state which proved to be suitable for electron microscopy and disclosed details of cell structure not revealed by other methods of examination.

Di nuovo sulla struttura della cellula nervosa dei gangli spinali

  • Boll Soc Med Chir Pavia
  • 1899

Intorno alla struttura della cellula nervosa della corteccia cerebrale

  • Boll Soc Med Chir Pavia
  • 1900