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Alphonse Laveran

Alphonse LaveranAKA Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran

Born: 18-Jun-1845
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 18-May-1922
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: Illness
Remains: Buried, Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris, France

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Doctor, Scientist, Military

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Found the parasite that causes malaria

Military service: French Army, 1870-96

Working as a military doctor, Alphonse Laveran performed autopsies on hundreds of soldiers killed by malaria, and he eventually determined that the disease was cause by a parasite, now known as Plasmodium. For his discovery, Dr Laveran was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1907. He used his winnings to establish a tropical medicine research facility at the Pasteur Institute. Laveran's student, Dr Ronald Ross, proved (as Laveran had suspected) that the parasite was carried by mosquitoes.

Father: Louis Théodore Laveran (military physician)
Mother: Marie-Louise Anselme Guénard de la Tour Laveran
Wife: Sophie Marie Pidancet (m. 1885, no children)

    University: Collège Sainte-Barbe, Paris, France
    University: Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris
    Medical School: University of Strasbourg, France (1863-67)
    Teacher: Military Diseases and Epidemics, École de Val-de-Grâce Military Hospital (1874-84)
    Professor: Military Hygiene, École de Val-de-Grâce Military Hospital (1884-94)
    Administrator: Lille Military Hospital (1894-96)
    Administrator: The Pasteur Institute, Paris (1896-)

    French Academy of Sciences 1893
    French Legion of Honor 1912 Commander
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1907
    French Ancestry

Author of books:
Trypanosomes and trypanosomiases (1907, research, co-authors Félix Mesnil and David Nabarro)
Tropical medicine and hygiene (1913, textbook, co-author Charles Nicolle)


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