Medal of a knight of the Military Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, given to Dr. Armand Frappier in 1974.

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This medal, bearing the logo of the Institut de microbiologie et d'hygiène de Montréal (IMHM) was given to Dr. Armand Frappier by the Institute when he retired from his director’s post in 1974. He received the medal at the party celebrating the event held in 1975. The same year, the Institute took on the name of its founder and today it is called the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier.

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Gown offered to Dr. Armand Frappier when he received his honoris causa doctoral degree from the Université de Montréal on May 28,1976.

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Foreign associate medal of the Académie nationale de médecine de Paris. It was sent by mail to Dr. Armand Frappier in 1977, when he was nominated as a foreign associate.

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Gown offered to Dr. Armand Frappier when he received his honoris causa doctoral degree from the Université du Québec on September 27, 1978.

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This medal, struck on the occasion of the sixth centennial of the faculty of medicine of the Nicolas Copernicus Academy of Medicine of Krakow (Academiae Medicae Nicolao Copernicanae Cracoviensis) was awarded to Dr. Frappier by the president of this Polish institution, professor Tadeusz Popiela. The address and the medal were given to him during the ceremony to award his honoris causa doctoral degree from the Krakow Medical Academy on February 17, 1978.

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Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr medal from the Canadian Medical Association. It was awarded to Dr. Armand Frappier on June 20, 1979, during the association’s annual congress

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The Royal Society of Canada’s Thomas W. Eadie medal awarded to Dr. Armand Frappier in Saskatoon, in 1979 during the society’s annual meeting.

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Prix Marie-Victorin

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The Marie-Victorin medal was awarded to Dr. Frappier by the Quebec government’s Ministère des affaires culturelles (MAC) in October, 1979.

In an interview with the Devoir, Dr. Frappier stated that Marie-Victorin, whom he knew very well, encouraged him to continue his research in microbiology in the laboratories of Hôpital Saint-Luc.

Excerpt from a leaflet: Les prix du Québec: It was the idea of Athanase David, the Province’s secretary at the time, to showcase the excellence of Quebecers in various areas. During 40 years, from 1922 to 1966, the Concours litéraires et scientifiques du Québec crowned the work of more than 500 individuals who also received, for one of their works in particular, the highest distinction awarded by the government of the province of Quebec, the prix David. It was only in 1967 and 1968 that it was decided to award the prix Athanase-David and the scientific awards to men and women for their entire body of work. In 1977, aiming to reflect as accurately as possible the dynamism of our culture, the government of Quebec regrouped the scientific awards under the name prix Marie-Victorin, reserving th Read More

The Marie-Victorin medal was awarded to Dr. Frappier by the Quebec government’s Ministère des affaires culturelles (MAC) in October, 1979.

In an interview with the Devoir, Dr. Frappier stated that Marie-Victorin, whom he knew very well, encouraged him to continue his research in microbiology in the laboratories of Hôpital Saint-Luc.

Excerpt from a leaflet: Les prix du Québec: It was the idea of Athanase David, the Province’s secretary at the time, to showcase the excellence of Quebecers in various areas. During 40 years, from 1922 to 1966, the Concours litéraires et scientifiques du Québec crowned the work of more than 500 individuals who also received, for one of their works in particular, the highest distinction awarded by the government of the province of Quebec, the prix David. It was only in 1967 and 1968 that it was decided to award the prix Athanase-David and the scientific awards to men and women for their entire body of work. In 1977, aiming to reflect as accurately as possible the dynamism of our culture, the government of Quebec regrouped the scientific awards under the name prix Marie-Victorin, reserving the prix Athanase-David for literary creation and creating 3 other awards: the prix Denise-Pelletier (performing arts), the prix Paul-Émile-Borduas (visual arts), and the prix Léon-Gérin (social sciences). Prix Marie-Victorin: this is the highest distinction awarded to a scientist to highlight the excellence of his work. The award was named in honor of brother Marie-Victorin, author of La flore Laurentienne and founder of the Montreal Botanical Garden.


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A shrewd businessman, Dr. Armand Frappier contributed to the creation of several high technology companies in the biomedical field through the Institut de microbiologie et d'hygiène de Montréal, renamed the Institut Armand-Frappier in 1975. For example, in 1978, the Institut set up IAF Production Inc., which later became IAF Diagnostic. In 1981, the Laval Chamber of Commerce honored Dr. Frappier’s entire career by giving him the Meritas trophy. A souvenir certificate accompanied the trophy.

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The prix J.-L. Lévesque includes a $100,000 bursary that Dr. Frappier turned over to the foundation that bears his name. This award honors a Canadian citizen or a group for an exceptional contribution in one of the following areas of activity: the arts, natural sciences and social work, medical or scientific research, business, industry, and communication. The award was created in 1980.

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Knight of Malta medal

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Towards the end of his life, Dr. Armand Frappier was honored in many different ways for the quality of his career devoted to healing the sick. In 1984, the Ordre Souverain Militaire Hospitalier St-Jean-de-Jérusalem et de Malte (OSMM) honored Dr. Frappier by knighting him. During the knighting ceremony, Dr. Frappier received this medal bearing the Order’s insignia: an eight-pointed golden cross on white enamel topped with a crown and a gold ribbon bearing a crossed shield. The medal is worn around the neck on a red ribbon. Several photographs from the Collections bear witness to this particular moment. The OSMM is a Catholic chivalry order founded during the Middle Ages, but today it has abandoned its military vocations and is devoted to medical and humanitarian endeavors.
Towards the end of his life, Dr. Armand Frappier was honored in many different ways for the quality of his career devoted to healing the sick. In 1984, the Ordre Souverain Militaire Hospitalier St-Jean-de-Jérusalem et de Malte (OSMM) honored Dr. Frappier by knighting him. During the knighting ceremony, Dr. Frappier received this medal bearing the Order’s insignia: an eight-pointed golden cross on white enamel topped with a crown and a gold ribbon bearing a crossed shield. The medal is worn around the neck on a red ribbon. Several photographs from the Collections bear witness to this particular moment. The OSMM is a Catholic chivalry order founded during the Middle Ages, but today it has abandoned its military vocations and is devoted to medical and humanitarian endeavors.

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In 1985, Dr. Frappier was one of five Grands Officiers of the Ordre national du Québec.

L'Ordre du Québec was created on June 20, 1984, by a law creating the Ordre national du Québec. On the recommendation of the Prime Minister and on the advice of a 9-member consulting committee, the government appointed the members of the Ordre National du Québec. Dr. Frappier was part of the first cohort of appointees.

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Medal of the 125th anniversary of the Canadian confederation 1867-1992 received by Dr. Armand Frappier posthumously in 1993.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • familiarize himself with the vocabulary used in microbiology;
  • explain the relationship between developments in imaging technology and the current understanding of the cell;
  • identify which microorganisms are infectious, how the immune system fights against them, and the reinforcements of modern medicine;
  • describe the benefits of microorganisms.

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