Louis Pasteur


December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895

Place of study:

École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Famous for:

  • His discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization 
  • Germ theory of disease
  • Producing the first vaccine for rabies and anthrax


Foreign Member of the Royal Society (1869)

Legion of Honor Grand Cross (1881)

Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (1883)

Leeuwenhoek Medal (1895)

Fun fact:

Louis Pasteur was an average student in his early years, and not particularly academic, as his interests were fishing and sketching.