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Jules Bordet

Jules BordetAKA Jules Jean Baptiste Vincent Bordet

Born: 13-Jun-1870
Birthplace: Soignies, Belgium
Died: 6-Apr-1961
Location of death: Brussels, Belgium
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Ixelles Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: Belgium
Executive summary: Researched antibodies and antigens

Jules Bordet's experiments helped establish the basics of immunology -- that that the body creates antibodies in a defensive response to certain antigens. With another Belgian bacteriologist, Octave Gengou, Bordet developed the complement-fixation reaction, a breakthrough which allowed August von Wassermann to develop the Wassermann test to diagnosis syphilis. The same basic principles led to diagnostic tests for typhoid fever, carbuncle, and hog cholera. Bordet and Gengou discovered B. pertussis, the microbe that causes whooping cough, leading to development of a vaccination against that deadly disease. Bordet also conducted important studies on the coagulation of blood, and discovered B. bronchiseptica, which causes infectious bronchitis. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1919.

Father: Charles Bordet (school teacher, b. 1834)
Mother: Célestine Vandenabeele Bordet
Brother: Charles Bordet (physician)
Wife: Marthe Levoz Bordet (m. 1899, d. Sep-1961)
Son: Paul Bordet (bacteriologist)
Daughter: Simone Bordet Craps (m. Maurice Craps, professor of dermatology)
Daughter: Marguerite Bordet Govaerts (m. Jean Govaerts, professor of surgery)

    High School: Athénée Royal de Bruxelles, Soignies, Belgium (now Athénée Royal Jules Bordet)
    Medical School: MD, University of Brussels, Belgium (1892)
    Scholar: Pasteur Institute, Paris (1894-1901)
    Administrator: Pasteur Institute of Brussels (1901-40)
    Professor: Bacteriology, University of Brussels (1907-35)

    French Legion of Honor 1938
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1919
    Royal Society
    Royal Society of Edinburgh
    National Academy of Sciences
    Belgian Ancestry

Author of books:
Studies in immunity (1909, research)
Bacteriology, Parasitology, Infection and Immunity (1927, research)
Treatise on immunity in infectious diseases (1939, research)

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