Agostino Bassi, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Agostino Bassi

Italian entomologist

Date of Birth: 25-Sep-1773

Place of Birth: Mairago, Lombardy, Italy

Date of Death: 08-Feb-1856

Profession: botanist, entomologist

Nationality: Italy

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Agostino Bassi

  • Agostino Bassi, sometimes called de Lodi (25 September 1773 – 8 February 1856), was an Italian entomologist.
  • He preceded Louis Pasteur in the discovery that microorganisms can be the cause of disease (the germ theory of disease).
  • He discovered that the muscardine disease of silkworms was caused by a living, very small, parasitic organism, a fungus that would be named eventually Beauveria bassiana in his honor.
  • In 1844, he stated the idea that not only animal (insect), but also human diseases are caused by other living microorganisms; for example, measles, syphilis, and the plague.

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