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Robert Burri

Born  1867
Died  1952

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Swiss bacteriologist, born July 13, 1867, Cham; died May 16, 1952, Bern.

Biography of Robert Burri

Robert Burri attended the cantonal school in Zug from 1886 to 1889, and for the next two years studied at the Eidgenössische Polytechnische Hochschule to become a teacher of natural sciences. From 1891 to 1895 he was an assistant at the agricultural experimental institution in Bonn. He undertook investigations of the water of the Rhine, a work for which he was conferred a doctorate at Zürich.

1895-1899 he was an assistant at the agricultural-chemical experimental institute in Zürich. From 1897 he worked in agricultural bacteriology, and from 1899 to 1907 he was head of the Swiss institute for dairy industry and bacteriology at Bern-Liebefeld.

Burri is reckoned a pioneer in milk- and dairy bacteriology. Of particular importance is his ink procedure for microscopically controlled production of bacterial monocultures, as smear procedure in vitro for anaerobics, and the anaerobic closure of test tubes. Besides this he did important work on diseases of bees.

Robert Burri was a corresponding member of the American Society for Microbiology from 1919. In 1945 he was president of the World Federation/association of dairy industries.

We thank Zoran Bojanic, M.D., Serbia, for information submitted.

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