Today In Fact, 27 December

The man who did more than any other to prolong human life and promote health was born in a small French town today in 1822. Louis Pasteur was the son of a tanner and showed little promise at school, preferring to go fishing and sketching than study.

It was through the deaths of three of his five children from typhoid that Pasteur began a lifelong passionate interest in microbiology.

Pasteur promoted the germ theory of disease through experiment and helped us to understand how microbes affect the food we eat and drink. It was through Pasteur that immunizations and vaccinations became recognized as essential methods for the promotion of health in humans and animals.

Louis Pasteur, a lifelong Christian founded the Pasteur Institute in Paris as is buried in an ornate byzantine crypt in its basement.

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer (