Louis Pasteur – 1822-1895



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Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) was the ideal man of science.  The truth was his goal.  It is impossible to estimate the extent of his benefactions to science and humanity, so varied and far reaching are they.  He is the founder of the science of bacteriology and all that that implies.  He made modern therapy and surgery possible.  He laid at rest forever many of the superstitions that had enthralled men’s minds.

Excerpt from Medical Review of Reviews – Volume 18 – 1919 – A Special Article by James P Warbasse.

Louis Pasteur – 1822-1895

Louis Pasteur and GranddaughterLouis Pasteur, who became the greatest of experimental scientists, the founder of bacteriology and the discoverer of the key to modern surgery and modern therapeutics in the realm of infective diseases.

This boy enjoyed the advantage of growing up in a country district, playing in the fields and woods, and following the streams thru the vales of Arbois; and the still greater advantage of growing up in a family circle where love and loyalty to one another were supreme.

At school he was considered slow because he never made an affirmation unless he was sure.  He was accurate, thorough, truthful, and sympathetic.  When he went to Paris as a student of fifteen years, he was overcome by homesickness.  He longed for the warm hearts at home and the warm skies of Arbois; and the mother and father and sisters wished and wished for Louis back again.  This quiet boy was filled with despair at being a way from home. He could neither work nor smile. He grew almost melancholy.  “If I could only get a smell of the tannery yard I feel I should be cured.”  The face of the father, mother and sisters haunted him.  He wanted them; they wanted him.  The urge became irresistible. One morning the boy found himself in the embrace of the soldier-tanner, tears streaming from his eyes; and together, silently and with hearts full, hand in hand, they journeyed back to the home that hungered for them at Dole.

Then he entered Besancon College, nearer home.  His work was marked by thoroughness, persistence and intelligence.  He took his bachelor of letters at eighteen.  Dijon University gave him his bachelor of science.  He taught and studied.  He was sensitive, simple, quiet.  His genius was intensely scientific, still he possessed abundant sentiment and inspiration.  Some of the pictures in crayon which he executed at home were good.  His pastel drawings  formed a considerable collection.  Three things are true: he was well thought of, he did well always at school, he was a devoted and loving son and brother; his ideals were high.

At twenty he again attempted Paris, and became a pupil in the Ecole Normale, attending some lectures also at the Sorbonne.  It was at the lectures of J.B. Dumas on chemistry at the Sorbonne that his passion for scientific research was awakened.

Excerpt from Medical Review of Reviews – Volume 18 – 1919 – A Special Article by James P Warbasse


Further Reading and External Links

Louis Pasteur History from the BBC 

Louis Pasteur – A Potted History