Robert Heinrich Herman Koch
December 11, 1843 - May 27, 1910
FOUNDER OF BACTERIOLOGY!
He pioneered principles and techniques in studying bacteria and discovered the specific agents that cause tuberculosis (1882), cholera (1884), and anthrax (1876).
He developed methods of isolating and cultivating disease producing bacteria, and he formulated strategies for preventing their spread
He is also a founder of public health.
For his work in developing tuberculin as a test for tuberculosis he received the 1905 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
His mom took him to collect insect, when he was small.
He studied medicine at Göttingen under Jacob Henle (German physician, pathologist, and anatomist). -> and graduated in 1866
He devoted much time to microscopic studies of bacteria
From 1885 to 1891 he was a professor at the University of Berlin and head of the Institute for Infectious Diseases (founded for him) from 1891 to 1904.
In the course of his bacteriological investigations for the British and German governments he traveled to South Africa, India, Egypt, and other countries and made valuable studies of sleeping sickness, malaria, bubonic plague, rinderpest, and other diseases.