We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
French chemist and microbiologist
1822 – 1895
Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist. He is known for inventing pasteurisation, a process in which milk is treated in order to reduce the number of viable pathogens and thus prevent sickness. Pasteur also created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. In addition to his discoveries, he founded the Pasteur Institute in 1887. Since then, the private foundation has been home to scientific breakthroughs such as the isolation of two HIV viruses and the production of the first effective anti-tuberculosis vaccine.
As today’s science make giant leaps of discovery, A Little History of Science boils down its long and complex history and links together its many different fields to tell the greatest story on earth. From the first civilisations who looked up at the st …