Comptes Rendus. Mathématique

"Gifted with uncommon penetration and tenacity, Pasteur, the son of his works, after having tried his hand at the beautiful questions of the molecular constitution of crystals, attacked the most obscure problems concerning the origin of life and the development of these organisms, which are as formidable as they are invisible: he solved them in the happiest and most fruitful manner.

Thanks to this spirit of rigour, drawn from the study of the exact sciences at the Ecole Normale, and thanks to a marvellous experimental skill, he succeeded in bringing to the field of biology and medicine, an eternal closed field of contradictory theories and endless disputes, a rigour and a power of demonstration that only the sciences of calculation seemed able to achieve.

If this great intelligence disappears, his immense work remains; the generous enthusiasm of his admirers from all nations has sanctioned its importance and ensured its development, by raising this magnificent Institute which has already rendered, under the impetus of the Master, such brilliant services.

Tribute by Alfred Cornu, President of the Academy of Sciences, delivered at the session of 30 September 1895 on the occasion of the death of Louis Pasteur (source).


Dessin réalisé par l’artiste Fabrice Hyber

Special collection of Comptes Rendus on the occasion of the bicentenary of Pasteur's birth

Louis Pasteur, lecturer in chemistry at the School of Pharmacy of Strasbourg (1849–1850)

Guy Dirheimer

Comptes Rendus. Chimie, Tome 25 (2022) p. 289-294

Louis Pasteur as a bacteriologist: from virulence mitigation to vaccination

Henri Monteil

Comptes Rendus. Chimie, Tome 25 (2022) p. 307-313

Pasteur: the scientist beneath the artist

Annick Perrot

Comptes Rendus. Chimie, Tome 25 (2022) p. 171-177

Louis Pasteur, from physical chemistry to biology

Hervé This

Comptes Rendus. Chimie, Tome 25 (2022) p. 237-251

Pasteur at the Academy of Medicine: from hygiene to germ theory

Patrice Debré

Comptes Rendus. Biologies, Tome 345 (2022) p. 1-10

How has microbiology changed 200 years after Pasteur’s birth?

David Bikard

Comptes Rendus. Biologies, Tome 345 (2022) p. 1-13

The Pasteurian contribution to the history of vaccines

Maxime Schwartz

Comptes Rendus. Biologies, Tome 345 (2022) p. 1-15

Huiles essentielles et chiralité moléculaire

Louisa Aribi-Zouioueche; Françoise Couic-Marinier

Comptes Rendus. Chimie, Tome 24 (2021) p. 397-414

Architecture of the molecules of life, a contribution of Louis Pasteur to molecular pharmacology; opportunities for adrenergic pharmacology developments

Morgane Bas; Felipe Hernández; J. Pablo Huidobro-Toro

Comptes Rendus. Chimie, 2020, 23, no. 1, p. 3-16

Pasteur et pastoriens : un certain style en science

François Jacob

La Vie des Sciences, Comptes Rendus, série générale, 1987, t. 4, n° 5, p. 437-447


See also Louis Pasteur's speeches at the Academy, transcribed in previous issues of the Comptes rendus des séances hebdomadaires de l'Académie des sciences.