The Pasteur Museum is housed in the apartment where Louis Pasteur spent his final seven years and offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the living and working environment of the world-renowned scientist. Visitors can gain a unique insight into his everyday life alongside his wife and can admire his rich and diverse scientific work.
The Institut Pasteur’s scientific strategy focuses on developing original and innovative topics and promoting interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation and approaches. The Institut Pasteur teams have access to the technological resources needed to speed up and further improve the quality of their outstanding research.
Ever since the introduction of the world’s first "Technical Microbiology" course in 1889, teaching has been a priority for the Institut Pasteur. The Institut Pasteur has an international reputation for quality teaching that attracts students from all over the world who come to further their training or top up their degree programs.
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.
In 1847 Louis Pasteur, a young chemist freshly graduated from the prestigious Ecole normale supérieure, attempted to understand why two seemingly identical chemical substances affect polarized light differently.
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? "
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.