Founders of Biological and Medical Sciences

This site commemorates the contributions made to modern science and medicine by brilliant scientists of the past.   We will focus on but five such persons: Edward Jenner, Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, Ignaz Semmelweis, and Joseph Baron Lister.  We will provide  reviews of their work and present them in human terms.  In this way we hope that young laboratory scientists well provided with the latest knowledge of recombinant DNA technology, the decoding of the human genome, gene therapy and proteonomics will recognize the debt they owe to their predecessors — without whose contributions their own knowledge would be scant indeed!  —   David V. Cohn, Ph.D.

[Keywords for this site: Jenner, Koch, Lister,  Montegu, Pasteur, Semmelweis, Phipps; anthrax, bacteriology, biochemistry, charbon, chemistry, cowpox, crystallography, fermentation, flacherie, infection, inoculation, microbiology, pasteurization, physiology, rabies, rage, silkworm disease,  smallpox, spontaneous generation, stereochemistry, vaccination, wine; childbed fever; History of medicine and science].

                                        Pasteur in his Laboratory.                                Jenner Vaccinating a Young Boy
                                       Painting by Paul Edelfelt, Pasteur Institute, Paris          Bronze by Guilio Monteverde. (Courtesy of The Wellcome Library)