Inventors are inspirational. Louis Pasteur was an inventor, chemist, and microbiologist. He made discoveries regarding vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization. He learned and shared with the world about the causes and preventions of diseases, including vaccines. His work supported the germ theory of disease when spontaneous generation was the believed doctrine of scientists and doctors of the time. He invented pasteurization to treat milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination. He is remembered as a founder of bacteriology. He is remembered as the father of microbiology and germ theory. His work in chemistry led to principles in our understanding of the structure of organic compounds.
Louis Pasteur was born in Dole, Jura, France on December 27, 1822. He briefly went to Institution Barbet in Paris as a young man. He went to another college closer to home and earned bachelor degrees. He also spent time as a teacher assistant. In 1846, he became a professor of physics. In 1848, he became he became a professor of chemistry at the University of Strasbourg.
While at the University of Strasbourg, he met and later married Marie Laurent. They had five children. Three of their children died of typhoid. Pasteur was motivated by their deaths to cure infectious diseases. In 1854, he became dean of faculty of sciences at Lille University. In 1857, he moved to Paris to be the director of scientific studies at another institution. In 1862, he became professor of geology, physics, and chemistry. He established the Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1887.
Louis Pasteur earned awards for his work. He received the Rumford Medal in 1856 and 1892. He received the ForMemRS in 1869, the Copley Medal in 1874, the Albert Medal in 1882, and the Leeuwenhoek Medal in 1895. He published eight works from 1866 until 1886. Many awards and honors have been given to him and places named after him. He passed away in 1895. There are now 32 Pasteur Institutes in 29 countries. Be inspired! Have a bright day!