Stamen Grigorov made a name for himself for his work in microbiology during the early 1900s. He is an important historical figure who has made significant contributions to the food industry. If you’re not yet familiar with his work, his story is worth knowing. You may enjoy the benefits of his work daily without realizing it. To bring you up to speed, here are ten things you never knew about Stamen Grigorov that you might find fascinating.
1. Stamen Grigorov is responsible for the invention of yogurt
Stamen Grigorov studied microbiology and actively engaged in a variety of research into various microbes. One of the most significant discoveries of his career was the identification of Lactobacillus bulgaricus bacillus, according to Wikipedia. If you’re not a scientist or involved in the food industry, this term might not mean much to you. If you enjoy eating yogurt, you can thank Grogorov for his discovery which is used to make modern commercial yogurt. the cultures that give yogurt its unique flavor, texture, and nutritional value are thanks to him.
2. Stamen Grigorov was Bulgarian
Grigorov was born and raised in the country of Bulgaria. He was born on October 27, 1878, in the village of Studen Izvor, Bulgaria, in the Pernik Province. He passed away on October 27, 1945. Notably, he died on his birthday at the age of 67.
3. He accomplished his greatest feat at the age of 27
When Stamen Grigorov discovered the strain of bacillus that is used to make yogurt, he was only 27 years old. He had completed his academic endeavors in natural sciences attending colleges in Montpellier, France, before moving on to attain a medical science degree in Geneva, Switzerland, by 1905.
4. The Bulgarian state benefited from his discovery
A Bulgarian yogurt company that was owned by the state capitalized on Stamen Grigorov’s discovery of the bacterial strain used to make yogurt. The company took his research findings and created a blend of bacterial strains used to make what they titled the “official Bulgarian yogurt” which has been exported to many yogurt producers throughout the world since the 1950s. In a sense, he helped his country’s economy tremendously with his discovery.
5. Grigorov advanced medical science research
Although Stamen Grigorov was best known for discovering bacterial strains to make yogurt, he has made some more compelling discoveries that have led to the development of a treatment for tuberculosis. He worked with Albert Calmette to create a treatment for the disease in 1906. The treatment was based on penicillin fungi and was a breakthrough treatment for healing sufferers from affliction.
6. He was a pioneer of the in-vitro and in-vivo field
Grigorov was one of the first scientists to experiment on lab animals to investigate the possibility of in-vitro medical procedures. His studies advanced from experimenting on lab animals to human patients. Stamen Grigorov accomplished much work behind the scenes with his dedicated research and brilliant analytical mind. In the days when he conducted his studies, there were far fewer resources to draw upon. He did not enjoy the modern equipment and experimental supplies, materials, and methods that are currently used in the field. Researchers in the field of science and medicine were constrained to working on a trial and error basis, building on previous knowledge gained as a foundation, and painstaking work to investigate and document the facts to arrive at new conclusions.
7. Grigorov used his wife’s homemade yogurt to conduct his experiments
Forbes reports that there is a story behind Grogorov’s discovery of the strain of bacteria used in modern yogurt that is not often told. He had just been married but had to leave his new wife to pursue his education. He took some of her homemade yogurt in a clay pot with him. He was curious about the recent claims made about the healing properties of yogurt, so he studied it under a microscope. This is what led to his discovery of the bacterial strain that would soon fuel the economy of Bulgaria. Yogurt was not a new invention, but the bacterial component was not known until he made his discovery. It would be interesting to know what Mrs. Grigorov thought about his discovery as it came from her gift of yogurt, making her a co-conspirator of sorts in the discovery process. At least some of the credit is due to her.
8. Stamen Grigorov was a physician
Dr. Grigorov was a multitalented professional scientist, but he was also a medical doctor. After serving as a research assistant in Geneva, Switzerland, he accepted the offer of a job at a local hospital in Trun, his hometown. He worked there as the chief physician.
9. He helped develop the first vaccine for tuberculosis
Not all of Stamen Grigorov’s contributions have been properly credited to him. Newsweek confirmed that a BNR Bulgarian Radio station reported that Grigorov did not receive the credit due him for his contribution to the development of the first vaccine for tuberculosis. Camille Guerin and Albert Calmette were the scientists who received credit, but it has been established and confirmed that Stamen Grigorov had made significant contributions to its development.
10. Dr. Stamen Grigorov left behind a legacy of life
Stamen Grigorov made several important discoveries during his lifetime, some he received credit for and some he did not until after his passing. After making several contributions to the field of medical science he continued to work as a physician, helping improve the health and well-being of thousands of patients until he passed away in 1945. He left behind a legacy of life and goodwill to the human race during his time here on earth. The next time you open a carton of yogurt, perhaps you will remember what you learned about Dr. Stamen Grigorov, and feel gratitude for the pioneer that dedicated his life to finding ways to make a difference for those of us who would be born in the years to come.