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Bacteriophage. 2017 Jan 4;6(4):e1270090. doi: 10.1080/21597081.2016.1270090. eCollection 2016.

Félix Hubert d'Herelle (1873-1949): History of a scientific mind.

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Program in History of Science and Medicine, Yale University , New Haven, CT, USA.


The discovery of bacteriophage one century ago by the French-Canadian Félix d'Herelle set off controversies as to the nature of bacteriophage as well as over the priority and credit for this discovery. The background and life of d'Herelle reveals a complex, self-taught outsider in science who was strongly influenced by his admiration of Louis Pasteur, but also his attachment to the philosophical positions of early 17th century philosophers, especially Francis Bacon. D'Herelle left substantial unpublished writings on his philosophical musings toward the end of his life.


biography; d'Herelle; discovery; history; philosophy

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