History of Microbiology Lecture at ASM 2014 General Meeting



114th ASM General Meeting

Boston, MA

May 17-20, 2014


Annual History of Microbiology Lecture:   Presented in Honor of Martin Dworkin (1927-2014)

Sponsored by the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA)


Recording Available Here:  http://www.asmonlineeducation.com/redeem/choma


Title:         Three Heroes of Environmental Microbiology – Robert Koch, Sergei Winogradsky and Arthur T. Henrici


Lecturer:   Lawrence J. Shimkets,

                  Professor, Department of Microbiology

                  University of Georgia



James A. Poupard

Pharma Inst. of Philadelphia, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Chair, Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives



An important element of bacteriology’s early struggle to establish itself as a distinct biological science rather than an adjunct of pathology was the exploration of the distribution and role of microbes in the natural environment.  This lecture, the annual Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Lecture, will focus on early developments in what later came to be known as environmental microbiology or microbial ecology.   It will discuss three early contributors: Robert Koch, whose demonstration of the relationship between an environmental variable (polluted water) and an infectious disease (cholera) was an early example of microbial epidemiology; Sergei Winogradsky, whose use of enrichment cultures and pioneering work on sulfur oxidizing and nitrifying bacteria helped illuminate the vast and dynamic role of bacteria in nature; and Arthur T. Henrici, who first understood that in natural aquatic communities bacteria flourish on surfaces as well as freely in water, thus laying the groundwork for later biofilm studies.


Recording Available Here:  http://www.asmonlineeducation.com/redeem/choma


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