Joseph Lister

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Birthday
5, 1827
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Feb 10, 1912 (84)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
5, 1827
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Feb 10, 1912 (84)

About

English surgeon who pioneered the use of antiseptics in surgery. He concluded, after reviewing research on disease-causing microorganisms, that wounds need to be disinfected.

Before Fame

He grew up in Essex as the son of a Quaker scientist.

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He discovered that carbolic acid was an effective disinfectant and pushed for its widespread use.

Family Life

He married the daughter of his friend and mentor James Syme.

Associated With

Louis Pasteur's research provided the foundation for much of Lister's work.