When I think of scientist Louis Pasteur, the first thing that comes to mind is the word pasteurization. That’s because Pasteur was the famous scientist who created pasteurization. This process helped to make milk safe to drink and dairy products safe to eat and to last longer. This method is currently used today to keep our food safe from germs. He also created important vaccines, and different fermentation techniques.
This post is part of the Famous Scientists Series
Louis Pasteur was the first scientist who discovered that microbes existed in the air around us. Pasteur was a famous pioneer whose studies created the foundation for our modern day understanding of the theory of germs. He laid the ground work for future scientists to study the theory of germs and vaccine development against diseases.
Biography of Louis Pasteur:
Pasteur was born in 1822 in France. He was a French chemist and microbiologist. He discovered that heating up liquids and allowing them to cool would kill bacteria, thus pasteurization was born. His work in the theory of germs also allowed him to come up with vaccinations for anthrax and rabies. He was a great scientist who contributed so much to our health and safety in the world. His practices are still being used today. He died in Paris, France in 1895.
You can read more on the biography of his entire life and his discoveries and creations at Biography.com.
If you are wanting your kids to learn about this famous scientist you will enjoy these FREE Printables and Resources About Louis Pasteur.
FREE Printables and Resources About Louis Pasteur:
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Science Experiments and Projects:
We love using hands-on science experiments and projects in our homeschool. It really makes the material come alive. Textbook science can be so boring to kids. Adding in extra hands-on activities can really help them to grasp and understand the concepts that they are reading about. They are also a lot of fun and can create some sweet memories.
Making yogurt is a great way to show your kids exactly how to pasteurize something. You can sometimes find lightly pasteurized milk at a health food store, or if you can get raw milk from a local dairy farmer, that’s even better. It’s a lot of fun to slowly heat the milk and watch the temperature change, and then instantly cool it in an ice bath.
Here are some easy yogurt recipes to try at home with your family:
Information about Pasteur’s Germ Theory:
This free printable on germs and safety will help you teach your children about germs and how to fight sickness:
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