Dr. Armand Frappier

Armand-Frappier Museum

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In founding a research institute, Dr. Frappier wanted to achieve four goals: the production of biological products, research, teaching, and community service.

Throughout his career at the Institute, Dr. Frappier created laboratories that were often the first of their kind in Quebec and among the first of their kind in Canada. He also organized the production of current vaccines, particularly new ones against tuberculosis, polio, influenza, measles, whooping cough, and other diseases.

Overall, Dr. Frappier was a pioneer in the field of microbiological research and preventive medicine in Canada.

In founding a research institute, Dr. Frappier wanted to achieve four goals: the production of biological products, research, teaching, and community service.

Throughout his career at the Institute, Dr. Frappier created laboratories that were often the first of their kind in Quebec and among the first of their kind in Canada. He also organized the production of current vaccines, particularly new ones against tuberculosis, polio, influenza, measles, whooping cough, and other diseases.

Overall, Dr. Frappier was a pioneer in the field of microbiological research and preventive medicine in Canada.


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In 1939, while on a business trip to Paris, Dr. Frappier was struck by the concrete and animated presentations of microbiology at the Musée de l’Homme. From that moment, he dreamed of a museum in Montreal whose goal would be to sensitize and educate the public about preventive medicine.
In 1939, while on a business trip to Paris, Dr. Frappier was struck by the concrete and animated presentations of microbiology at the Musée de l’Homme. From that moment, he dreamed of a museum in Montreal whose goal would be to sensitize and educate the public about preventive medicine.

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Photograph of Dr. Frappier during one of his trips to France

Armand-Frappier Museum

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The year 2008 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Institut Armand-Frappier

The INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, a constituent of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), is contributing to the efforts of Quebecers in research, training, and technological transfer in the areas of human, animal, and environmental health. The Center, regrouping about fifty professor-researchers, is using its important expertise in immunology and microbiology to understand how microorganisms, cancer cells, or transplanted organs influence the immune system.

The year 2008 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Institut Armand-Frappier

The INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, a constituent of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), is contributing to the efforts of Quebecers in research, training, and technological transfer in the areas of human, animal, and environmental health. The Center, regrouping about fifty professor-researchers, is using its important expertise in immunology and microbiology to understand how microorganisms, cancer cells, or transplanted organs influence the immune system.


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Photograph of Thérèse Ostiguy-Frappier and Dr. Armand Frappier at the presentation of a bust of Pasteur offered by the employees on the Institute’s 25th anniversary.

Armand-Frappier Museum

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For nearly 25 years, the Fondation Armand-Frappier has shown vitality and commitment in the pursuit of its philanthropic work and has actively contributed to the advancement of health research.

The goal of the Fondation is to support the continuation of the work of Armand Frappier, the founder of the Institut de microbiologie et d'hygiène de Montréal, created in 1938. The institute took on the name of its founder in 1975, after its affiliation to the Université du Québec in 1972. A constituent of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) since 1988, the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier continues to excel in research in several areas related to public health, particularly in the fight against infectious diseases, and in training future researchers in master's and doctoral programs.

For nearly 25 years, the Fondation Armand-Frappier has shown vitality and commitment in the pursuit of its philanthropic work and has actively contributed to the advancement of health research.

The goal of the Fondation is to support the continuation of the work of Armand Frappier, the founder of the Institut de microbiologie et d'hygiène de Montréal, created in 1938. The institute took on the name of its founder in 1975, after its affiliation to the Université du Québec in 1972. A constituent of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) since 1988, the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier continues to excel in research in several areas related to public health, particularly in the fight against infectious diseases, and in training future researchers in master's and doctoral programs.


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In 1992, in honor of her father, Dr. Lise Frappier-Davignon founded the Armand Frappier Museum, a bioscience interpretation center. The Museum’s mission is to publicize the life work of Dr. Frappier, Pasteurian microbiologist, proponent of preventive medicine, and builder of a research institute and other enterprises, as well as to promote scientific knowledge among the public, especially young people. The Museum also collects and preserves Quebec’s scientific heritage with respect to microbiology and biotechnology.
In 1992, in honor of her father, Dr. Lise Frappier-Davignon founded the Armand Frappier Museum, a bioscience interpretation center. The Museum’s mission is to publicize the life work of Dr. Frappier, Pasteurian microbiologist, proponent of preventive medicine, and builder of a research institute and other enterprises, as well as to promote scientific knowledge among the public, especially young people. The Museum also collects and preserves Quebec’s scientific heritage with respect to microbiology and biotechnology.

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Lise Frappier-Davignon in front of the Armand-Frappier Museum in Laval.



The Armand-Frappier Museum opened in 1994.

Armand-Frappier Museum

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In his memory, the government of Quebec has given his name to one of its prestigious scientific awards, which is given on a yearly basis.

Excerpt from the Prix du Québec website:

"The Prix du Québec are attributed each year as a tribute to scientists who have stood out because of a remarkable career in their area of expertise or to crown a career dedicated to the management and development of research or to the promotion of science and technology."

"The prix Armand-Frappier is awarded to people who have had careers in research and contributed to the development of a research institute or who have dedicated their careers to the administration or promotion of research and in doing so have supported the training of new researchers or promoted the public’s interest in science and technology."

In his memory, the government of Quebec has given his name to one of its prestigious scientific awards, which is given on a yearly basis.

Excerpt from the Prix du Québec website:

"The Prix du Québec are attributed each year as a tribute to scientists who have stood out because of a remarkable career in their area of expertise or to crown a career dedicated to the management and development of research or to the promotion of science and technology."

"The prix Armand-Frappier is awarded to people who have had careers in research and contributed to the development of a research institute or who have dedicated their careers to the administration or promotion of research and in doing so have supported the training of new researchers or promoted the public’s interest in science and technology."


© Armand-Frappier Museum, 2008. All rights reserved.

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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