The media manBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6953.545a (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:545
- B Dixon
Few bacteriologists today will know the name of W H (Bill) Pierce. Yet, as Max Sussman of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne pointed out recently, they are professionally indebted to Pierce every day of their working lives. For it was he who played the key role in developing culture media that are now routinely used in every bacteriology laboratory throughout the world.
The story has its roots in the German chemist Justus von Liebig's development of meat extract as a human nutritional supplement over a century and a half ago. Originally von Liebig's extract was made at the Royal Pharmacy in Munich; then in 1865 control was transferred to London with the formation of Liebig's Extract of Meat …