Émile van Ermengem

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Émile van Ermengem (1897)

Émile Pierre-Marie van Ermengem (1851–1932, or 1851–1922 according to some sources) was a Belgian bacteriologist who, in 1895, isolated Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism, from a piece of ham that had poisoned thirty four people.[1]

He worked at the University of Ghent. His sons were the writer Franz Hellens and the art critic François Maret.


  1. ^ van Ermengem EP (February 1897). "Ueber einen neuen anaëroben Bacillus und seine Beziehungen zum Botulismus". Zeitschrift für Hygiene und Infektionskrankheiten (in German). 26 (1): 1–56. doi:10.1007/BF02220526. Reprinted in PMID 399378


Novak, John S., Peck, Micheal W.; Juneja, Vijay K.; Johnson, Eric A. (2005). "Chapter 19: Clostridium botulinum and Clostridium perfringens". In Fratamico, Pina M.; Bhunia, Arun K. & Smith, James L. (eds.). Foodborne pathogens: microbiology and molecular biology (1st ed.). Wymondham: Caister Academic Press. p. 385. ISBN 978-1-904455-00-4.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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