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1822 – Louis Pasteur – bio

Louis Pasteur was born in 1822 in France and is known for discovering pasteurization (heating beverages to kill bacteria in them) and vaccination. Vaccination is the process of exposing a patient to a vaccine, which causes a low level infection, stimulating the immune system to develop antibodies, creating an immunity against the disease. He explained […]

1632 – van Leeuwenhoek – bio

Antony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, the Netherlands in 1632 and is known for creating the field of microbiology. While he did not invent the microscope, he worked to improve it and was the first to document the world of single celled organisms. Van Leeuwenhoek learned to work with glass and discovered that by […]