Ave Louis Pasteur


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Avenue Louis Pasteur

The avenue is named for the French doctor, famous for his discovery of germs and the process of pasteurization. Prior to pasteurization in the 1920s, young children were disproportionally harmed by raw milk: its widespread pasteurization was a great public health breakthrough.   This quarter mile long formal avenue connects the Harvard Medical Quad to the Emerald Necklace.  Educational institutions and research buildings abut the boulevard on all sides. Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the U.S., is halfway down on the left (look for the copper cupola atop a brick facade). Of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence, five were pupils of this school (John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Treat Paine, and William Hooper).

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