Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865), also known as the "saviour of mothers", was a Hungarian doctor and scientist who discovered the importance of hand-washing decades before Louis Pasteur confirmed germ-theory. Below You may find the english language website created, operated and copyrighted by HNM SEMMELWEIS MUSEUM, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY about the life and career of this famous man: