Louis Pasteur is born on 27 December 1822, in Dole, Jura (Franche Comté)
Louis Pasteur, a qualified chemist, is behind the most important scientific revolutions of the 19th century in the fields of biology, agriculture, medicine and hygiene. Beginning his research on crystallography, he soon embarked on a journey filled with discoveries which led him to develop the rabies vaccine.
Louis Pasteur’s life was filled with revolutionary discoveries and also marked by a number of events that likely fueled his desire to understand the diseases of his time. A tireless and dedicated scientist, he traveled extensively throughout France to prove his theories and solve agricultural and industrial problems caused by infectious diseases.
EVERY DISCOVERY OPENED A NEW FIELD OF INVESTIGATION LEADING TO FURTHER BREAKTHROUGHS.
“Chance favors invention only for minds prepared for discoveries by patient study and persevering efforts.”Louis Pasteur
THE EARLY YEARS 1847- 1862 – RESEARCH ON MOLECULAR ASYMMETRY
In 1847 Louis Pasteur, a young chemist freshly graduated from the prestigious Ecole normale supérieure, set to work on the problem posed by German physicist Eilhard Mitscherlich, namely, why do sodium ammonium paratartrate and tartrate – two seemingly identical chemical substances – affect polarized light differently ?
THE MIDDLE YEARS 1862-1877 – DEPOSIT OF THE PASTEURIZATION PATENT
Louis Pasteur’s work raised a new set of research questions, such as ” Where do fermentation agents come from ? ” and ” Do they originate from germs similar to themselves or do they appear spontaneously as explained by the spontaneous generation theory ?
THE FINAL YEARS 1877-1887 – FIRST HUMAN RABIES VACCINATION
Between the age of 55 and 65 Louis Pasteur developed microbiology, applying it to medicine and surgery. Having established that diseases were caused by microorganisms, he then sought to identify and find a means of fighting them. His finest accomplishment was rabies.
1888 -CREATION OF THE INSTITUT PASTEUR
The Institut Pasteur is named after its illustrious founder and owes much to this scientific genius. Yet its story is also linked to the lives and discoveries of many other scientists, all inspired by the humanist ideals of Louis Pasteur, whose scientific breakthroughs have benefited people’s health worldwide.
The Institut Pasteur is a private, non-profit foundation officially recognized for charitable status, just as Louis Pasteur himself wanted.
Established by decree on June 4, 1887, the Institut Pasteur was opened on November 14, 1888 following Louis Pasteur’s successful international appeal for funds. He now had the facilities to extend vaccination against rabies, continue research on infectious diseases and share the resulting knowledge.
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