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Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur lived through 1822-1895 and the significance of this is the dash mark, which in just a simple way represents his entire life and the works he had achieved along the way. Pasteur is considered one of the best microbiologists of his time for his great achievements during his lifetime. One if his greatest works was proposing the idea of Pasteurization and the implications of it. One of the several discoveries was his works in vaccinations, which during that time was very uncommon. Pasteur devoted his life to the art of study and thought, becoming one of the most successful microbiologists of all time.

Before modern technology germs and microorganisms were unheard of to most people but not Pasteur, he had a clear knowledge of this mysterious unknown. His study in the field of microbiology brought his to proposal of the Germ Theory. The germ theory is the idea that diseases arise from naturally existing microorganisms, not from spontaneous generation.

With this information found and confirmed Pasteur began to think in a much more broad way. He began to think of all the possibly outcomes of this knowledge and what it could bring to the medical community as well as the scientific community as well.

The Germ Theory could be considered the catalyst for Pasteur's greatest work especially because it brought about a new way of looking at disease, foodborne illnesses, and cleansing of such food. Foodborne illnesses are diseases that come from food that was contaminated through age, cross-contamination, and through naturally occurring viruses. A well-known household problem is spoiled milk and spoiled wine. Pasteur, using his germ theory, created a way of cleaning these spoiled drinks through a method called Pasteurization. Pasteurization is to expose a food such as milk, cheese, yogurt, beer or...