Louis Pasteur: Founder of Microbiology

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French scientist Louis Pasteur, often called the founder of modern medicine, has been credited with many discoveries. One of the most important was the discovery in the 1800s that tiny organisms called germs spread disease. His scientific work helped save millions of lives. For more information on germs and other simple organisms, read Investigating Simple Organisms, another book in the Mission: Science series.
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Overview

French scientist Louis Pasteur, often called the founder of modern medicine, has been credited with many discoveries. One of the most important was the discovery in the 1800s that tiny organisms called germs spread disease. His scientific work helped save millions of lives. For more information on germs and other simple organisms, read Investigating Simple Organisms, another book in the Mission: Science series.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The "Mission: Science" series covers core science topics as well as individual and collective biographies of scientists. For extra depth, volumes of each can be paired. Colorful pages contain illustrations, text in various fonts, and sidebars or "Did You Know?" balloons. In this volume, readers will meet French microbiologist Louis Pasteur (1822—1895), who became famous for developing an anthrax vaccine and, later, vaccines for cholera and rabies. Getting off to a slow start, Pasteur studied chemistry in Paris and never looked back—his studies and research occupied his entire life. (He nearly forgot to attend his own wedding!) Pasteur was fascinated by microorganisms like yeast and bacteria; his research enabled him to save France's wine industry by destroying harmful bacteria, though, sadly, three of his daughters died of cholera. Later Pasteur helped beer brewers and silkworm cultivators and turned his attention to "pasteurizing" milk. In his own Pasteur Institute, he worked on treatments for other diseases, including bubonic plague, tuberculosis, yellow fever, and polio. By the time he died, Pasteur—still working—had become a national hero. Young scientists will be interested to know that his legacy continues today; eight scientists from the Pasteur Institute have won Nobel prizes, and it was at the Institute that the AIDS virus was later discovered. Especially intriguing among the illustrations in this well-written book are the period photographs of Pasteur and a color photo of his Legion d'Honneur medal; also useful are an annotated list of five other famous biologists and a biology timeline. Content has been contributed by Sally Ride Science.Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Color photographs, reproductions, diagrams, and maps are liberally sprinkled throughout these attractive books. Numerous sidebars offer tangential information. Unfortunately, the narrative flow is often interrupted by all of this ancillary material, the usefulness of which is questionable. In Fulton, for example, a full-page diagram of "Savery's pump" is unlabeled, confusing, and does nothing to extend learning. It is a stretch to even classify Mendel as a biography when only five pages are biographical-the rest of the book discusses everything from monasteries to microscopes, with quite a bit on genetics. The format works best with the information presented in Pasteur . While these titles may not foster sustained reading, they may spark an interest in science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756539627
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Mission: Science Biographies
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.
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