On December 27, 1822, a miracle happened in a little village near the eastern mountains of France called Dole.
This miracle would later be recognized all around the world as one of the greatest scientists who had ever lived. He would be the one to save a little boy in need of help. He would be the one to save animals that were near death. He would be the one who would change the way the world lived forever. His name was Louis Pasteur, founder of the antidote for rabies, anthrax, chicken cholera, and many more life-threatening diseases.
Louis' father, Jean-Joseph, was a skilled tanner who made leather out of animal hides for a living. Since the tanning business was in the family, many expected Louis to follow in his father's footsteps. However, Jean-Joseph and his wife, Jeanne Roqui, had bigger dreams for their son. They sent Louis to a school in Paris when he was 16 years old in hopes that he would return home to be a teacher at a local school.
However, their hopes were shattered after just one month. Louis had a terrible case of homesickness. He went on to college in Besancon, and furthered his education at Ecole Normale Superieure. As a result of his academic experiences, Louis went on to study topics in science. Louis Pasteur'sfirst job was in crystallography (which means the production of crystals from chemical substances).
He later became known as the founder of stereochemistry at the age of 26. Louis fulfilled his parents' dream and became a schoolteacher, and was later promoted to Professor of Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg. At the University, he met and later married a woman named Marie Laurent, who was the daughter of the head of the University. Louis and Marie had five children, however, only two survived past childhood. Determined to protect children from diseases, Louis began his scientific research. One of the blessings that came to Louis Pasteur was a nine-year-old boy named Jose..