Louis Pasteur

That statue in front of Building 7

Christine L. Case, Ed.D.
Biology Professor
Skyline College



The statue of Louis Pasteur in front of Building 7 (Sciences) has the following quotation attributed to the renowned scientist:

"Say to yourselves first: What have I done for my instruction? And, as you gradually advance, what have I done for my country? Whether our efforts are or are not favored by life, let us be able to say, when we come near the great goal, I have done what I could."

Pasteur's work on sour milk led to his discovery that microbes spoil food, his hypothesis that microbes cause infectious disease, and his statement that "Life would not long be possible in the absence of microbes."

-Bust: Sculpture: cast bronze with patina; Base: concrete.
-Artist: Mario Zamora
-Smithsonian inventory number: CA000910