Did you know that Louis Pasteur helped get germs out of milk?
Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist, was born on December 27, 1822, in Dole, France. He lived with his father in Arbois, France. Not a very good student but an excellent artist, Pasteur earned a bachelor’s degree in arts in 1840, and another one in science in 1842. He received his doctorate from the École Normale in Paris. Pasteur spent years researching and teaching at Dijon Lycée before he became a professor of chemistry at the University of Strasbourg.
Pasteur taught chemistry and was the Dean of Science at the University of Lille. One of his achievements was convincing Europeans that germs are real. He used germ theory to explain why wine and milk become sour. He also invented pasteurization, a process where milk is boiled to eliminate the germs. In 1815 he also invented a cure for rabies.
A very bad brain stroke paralyzed Pasteur in 1868, but he continued researching. Many scientists attended his 70th birthday celebration. Over time, his paralysis became even worse, and he eventually died on September 28, 1895.
Not only did Pasteur help get rid of germs in milk with his pasteurization process, but he also helped develop a vaccine for rabies. The discoveries Pasteur made led to the development of many other vaccines.
Pasteur's discoveries have saved many lives.