Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur, a qualified chemist, was 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.


"Chance favors invention only for minds prepared for discoveries by patient study and persevering efforts*." he said. Throughout his life Louis Pasteur faithfully followed his well-known dictum of science.


*Œuvres de Pasteur, vol. VII, p.215.

  • Louis Pasteur's biography

    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.

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  • Louis Pasteur’s work

    Every discovery opened a new field of investigation leading to further breakthroughs. Louis Pasteur’s life’s work can be divided into three main parts. Chemistry and the observation of crystals led him to study fermentation. And this led to his disproving of the spontaneous generation theory, a key discovery which opened the doors to microbiology and vaccination.

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