The 71st death anniversary of Swiss-French physician and bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin was commemorated in the central coastal provinces of Khanh Hoa on March 1.

The anniversary was marked in accordance with local custom at his last resting place in Suoi Cat commune, Cam Lam district, by members of the Alexandre Yersin Admirers’ Association and local people.

Yersin (1863 - 1943) came to Vietnam in 1891 and lived in Khanh Hoa’s Nha Trang city for more than half of a century. He was most remembered as the co-discoverer of the bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague in 1894.

He discovered Liang Biang Plateau, the site for Da Lat city, in 1893 and founded the Nha Trang Pasteur Institute in 1895.

He was also the founder of the Indochina Medicine School, which later became the Hanoi Medical University and the Hanoi University of Pharmacy.

In 2013, Yersin was posthumously conferred with the Vietnamese Honorary Citizen title.-VNA