Pasteur Institute

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Pasteur Institute is situated at the north end of Tran Phu Blvd, Nha Trang city. This is a small but fascinating Museum dedicated to the French Dr. Alexander Yersin (1863-1943). The Pasteur Institute was founded by Yersin in 1895, and he is probably one of the most respected French man in Vietnam. Being a Renaissance […]

Pasteur Institute is situated at the north end of Tran Phu Blvd, Nha Trang city. This is a small but fascinating Museum dedicated to the French Dr. Alexander Yersin (1863-1943). The Pasteur Institute was founded by Yersin in 1895, and he is probably one of the most respected French man in Vietnam.

Being a Renaissance man, Yersin was not only famous for the pioneering medical research but was an explorer, botanist, biologist, and entomologist, and also interested in photography and astronomy. He explored the Da Lat area and recommended sitting a hill station there. He was also responsible for the introduction of rubber and quinine producing trees and discovered the microbe that caused the bubonic plague.

This institute now performs research and produces vaccines. Within the Nha Trang institute, the office and library of Dr. Yersin are now open to the public and contain a small yet interesting collection of his equipment. It was on Yersin’s recommendations that his laboratory in Nha Trang and Dr. Albert Calmette’s laboratory in Saigon were upgraded to the level of Indochina Pasteur Institute, the 1 st established outside Paris.

Indochinese Pasteur Institutes later appeared in Hanoi and Da Lat, and microbiology labs opened in Hue, Vientiane and Phnompenh.

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