The Pasteur Institute

Pasteur presented the results of his rabies research to the academy of science in 1886.  Until then, Pasteur had been working in an attic that he used as a laboratory which was so small that he had to enter it on his hands and feet.  Pasteur proposed to the academy to create an establishment to combat rabies.  In 1888 the first Pasteur Institute was inaugurated by the president of the republic (Sadi Carnot). Other institutes were later created around the world, today there are over 60. The purpose of each Pasteur Institute remains unchanged: to act as a clinic for the treatment of rabies, to research infectious diseases and to act as a teaching centre.  Pasteur died on 28th September 1895 in Marnes but his body was buried in the heart of the chapel of the first Pasteur Institute in Paris.

The works of Pasteur are not only an account of his discoveries, but they represent a revolution in scientific methodology.  Louis Pasteur was a humanist, always striving towards the improvement of the human condition and as a result his research and discoveries have greatly improved the life of a student