Recent Research on Louis Pasteur’s Connections with the Fine Arts

Pasteur: Dessins et Pastels

by Bert Hansen, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of History Baruch College of CUNY It has long been known that Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) took art lessons as a teenager. About thirty of his drawings, pastels, and lithographs have survived. Most of them are portraits of family, friends, and people in his town. But he stopped this work at age nineteen, and as …

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Virchow’s Cell Theory vs Pasteur’s Germ Theory

Illustration of Virchow's Cell Theory

Originally published online by with Richar G Fiddian-Green on CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 3, 2004 The Germ Theory was formulated by Louis Pasteur along with Robert Koch. The Germ Theory of disease states that “a specific disease is caused by a specific type of microorganism.” The theory gained strong support from the Viennese obstetrician, Dr. Ignac Semmelweis, who …

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Virchow and Pasteur

Rudolf Virchow

Originally published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 57, Number 15, 1911, p. 1225 To the Editor: –All those who relish rich and lofty natures, great characters who have marked their impress on a whole generation, and left of their passage a trace that time shall not obliterate, will have read with interest and emotion your editorial …

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Pasteur’s Life and Labors

Louis Pasteur Portrait - Published in The American Magazine in 1886

Originally published in The American Magazine, Volume 22, July to December 1886, pp.341-349 Of Pasteur’s life, apart from his work, but little is to be said; for his life is emphatically his work. A normally idle and pleasure-loving childhood passed into an adolescence of rare industry and a maturity of entire self-devotion; and the truant schoolboy developed into a Scientific …

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The Druggist: Louis Pasteur Biography

Louis Pasteur Portrait - published in The Druggist in 1884

Article originally posted in The Druggist, Volume 6, 1884, p. 8 Louis Pasteur, the distinguished chemist, whose portrait is this month presented to the readers of The Druggist, was born at Dole, in the Department of Jura, in 1822. He entered the College of Besaucon as an usher at the age of eighteen, and three years later became a pupil …

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Note on Pasteur’s Travels to Egypt for Cholera Research

Cholera bacteria

This article was originally published in The Laws of Life, Volume 28, page 246 M. Pasteur, in his instructions to the French Scientific Commission sent to Egypt to investigate the nature of cholera, acts on the hypothesis that the disease enters the human organism by the digestive canal, and not through the air passages. It is directed that all articles …

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The Laws of Life: Louis Pasteur

Rumford Medal - Louis Pasteur

This article was originally published in The Laws of Life, Volume 28, page 148 LOUIS PASTEUR, the noted French chemist, whose portrait we give in the present number, was born at Dole, December 27th, 1822. At an early age he evinced an extraoridnary intellectual capacity and determined to devote himself to original science. In 1847 he took his degree and …

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The Spontaneous Generation Dispute

Chocolate Wrapper - Pasteur Disproves Spontaneous Generation

This article was originally published in the Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions, March 17, 1877, p. 758 The question whether under any known conditions the spontaneous generation of living beings can take place has been the subject of so many diametrically opposed assertions during the past few years, that the discussion seemed fast drifting into the ridiculous. As, however, an attempt …

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