Louis Pasteur Essay

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Many individuals have made astounding contributions to society in the past 200 years; however, some of these contributions were so powerful, they effectively changed the future of our world. Louis Pasteur, born December 27th, 1822, in the town of Dole, Eastern France, is one of the most noteworthy individuals to live during the last 200 years. Responsible for a myriad of accomplishments ranging from the debunking of the infamous “spontaneous generation” theory to the method named after him today, pasteurization, Mr. Pasteur is responsible for bestowing upon us some of the modern day conveniences we enjoy daily. Before discussing his accomplishments, however, one should first look at his origins. Pasteur's father, Jean-Joseph Pasteur, in…show more content…
To begin with, Pasteur can be credited with the discovery the existence of molecular asymmetry, which effectively created the field of science known as Stereochemistry. In the ten years following his discovery, Pasteur further investigated the ability of organic substances to rotate the plane of polarized light; with the information from his studies, he became convinced him that asymmetry was one of the fundamental characteristics of living matter, a vastly important contribution to the field of science in general. In addition to this, Stereochemistry allows us to know how a certain molecule will interact with an organism; anti-nausea medications in the 1950’s that created devastating birth defects with “flipper-like” appendages is just one example of the consequences of not following this man’s research. In 1854, Pasteur was appointed professor of chemistry and dean of the science faculty at the University of Lille (Ullmann, “Louis”). Whilst employed at Lille, he accepted a plea for studying solutions to problems associated to alcohol production at a local distillery, and with this catalyst, he began a series of studies on alcoholic fermentation. In 1857, while working with his research, Pasteur took a position with and was appointed manager and director of scientific studies at the cole Normale Supérieure (Ullmann, “Louis”). The observations he made

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