Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 7 (1932-33) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Benedict, Francis Gano
Institut Pasteur. 
Bertrand and Dr. Pierre Le Compt-du-Nouey. 
I had the misfortune to visit the Pasteur Institute when Bertrand 
was away, but I had met previously at a dinner at Lapicque's Dr. Pierre 
Le Lompt-du-Nouey who had charge of the new division of biophysics 
a„ the Pasteur Institute. Frankly, I was bewildered by the mass of 
new and obviously frightfully expensive apparatus of every conceivable 
xorm, spectrographs of every kind and, too, a great deal of work on 
blood serum, especially with the question of viscosity and the changes 
in the hydrogen-ion concentration. The whole thing was beyond me but 
I was astonished that they could get such an equipment together and 
yet there was the complaint that funds were obtained only with 
difficulty. It appears, however, that at least sometime rather 
recently.a very considerable sum of money was available to set up 
this entirely new division. 
Professor Bertrand I was very sorry not to see at the laboratory, 
although his micro-chemical work dealing with the minute qualities 
of the metals does not interest me especially. I did see him 
frequently on several social occasions and at my lectures and at a 
most delightful social affair at his house on Sunday afternoon. 
Altogether he is a most stimulating, charming personality and a 
complete refutation of the idea of sloppiness and carelessness in 
French scientific work. He is a man of whom it can be said, "He thinks 
in nothing less than the third and fourth decimal figure."


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