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 Jules Bordet

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6 Apr 1961
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Ixelles, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
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Nobel Prize Laureate Medical Pioneer. Belgian immunologist and microbiologist. He is remembered for his 1906 discovery of the cause of whooping cough. Born in Soignies, Belgium, he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium) in 1892 and began his work at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, in 1894. In 1894, he left Paris to found the Pasteur Institute in Brussels. In 1895, he made his discovery that the bacteriolytic effect of acquired specific antibody is significantly enhanced in vivo by the presence of innate serum components. This mechanism became the basis for complement-fixation testing methods that enabled the development of serological tests for syphilis (specifically, the development of the Wassermann test by August von Wassermann), and is still used today in serologic testing for many other diseases. With fellow doctor and bacteriologist Octave Gengou, he isolated the bacteria Bordetella pertussis in pure culture in 1906 and determined it as the cause of whooping cough. In 1907, he became Professor of Bacteriology at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, and, in 1916, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and delivered their Croonian Lecture in 1930. In 1919, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries pertaining to immunity. He died in Brussels, Belgium, at the age of 90. The bacterial genus Bordetella is named after him.

Nobel Prize Laureate Medical Pioneer. Belgian immunologist and microbiologist. He is remembered for his 1906 discovery of the cause of whooping cough. Born in Soignies, Belgium, he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium) in 1892 and began his work at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, in 1894. In 1894, he left Paris to found the Pasteur Institute in Brussels. In 1895, he made his discovery that the bacteriolytic effect of acquired specific antibody is significantly enhanced in vivo by the presence of innate serum components. This mechanism became the basis for complement-fixation testing methods that enabled the development of serological tests for syphilis (specifically, the development of the Wassermann test by August von Wassermann), and is still used today in serologic testing for many other diseases. With fellow doctor and bacteriologist Octave Gengou, he isolated the bacteria Bordetella pertussis in pure culture in 1906 and determined it as the cause of whooping cough. In 1907, he became Professor of Bacteriology at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, and, in 1916, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and delivered their Croonian Lecture in 1930. In 1919, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries pertaining to immunity. He died in Brussels, Belgium, at the age of 90. The bacterial genus Bordetella is named after him.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (: accessed ), memorial page for Jules Bordet (13 Jun 1870–6 Apr 1961), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6870, citing Ixelles Communal Cemetery, Ixelles, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium; Maintained by Find a Grave.