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Microbiology Name Course Tutor’s Name 22nd, January 2012 Great Microbiologists of the Past It is without doubt that Edward Jenner was an influential microbiologist, considering the discoveries he made, and their effect on humankind today. Jenner’s work was the first of its kind in controlling infectious diseases using vaccination.
In fact, some microbiologists made even greater discoveries than those of Jenner. Apart from Jenner, another one of the most influential microbiologists of all time is Robert Koch, who is even referred to as “the father of microbiology.” Just like Jenner, Koch made important discoveries in microbiology, and this makes him deserve credit as well. His discovery was more important as it offered a solution to a problem that was facing people in that particular period. During the 19th Century, there were two major killer diseases of cholera and tuberculosis. Cholera was incurable, and was even nicknamed, “king cholera.” On the other hand, Tuberculosis made people vomit white substance as their lungs disintegrated. This led people to nickname it, “white death.” People had given up on finding the cure to these diseases, which continued to take lives. However, with Koch’s discovery, humankind had a reason to smile again, when he discovered a remedy for these diseases. Koch lived in an era where people believed that diseases were caused by breathing “bad” air. However, with Koch’s discovery, came the enlightenment of the masses about pathogens and hygiene, which influence diseases. ...
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