Saint Léger en Yvelines: 1915. Item #112
Thank you note on the Pasteur Institute stationery: «Saint Léger en Yvelines, 22 June 1915. Dear Mr. Chairman, Let me express tremendous gratitude to you as the face of Russian Veterinary Society for electing me as honorary member and for wishes on my 70th birthday. I give to you personally and to Draginsky and Prokofiev my sincere gratitude. With sincere respect your Il. Mechnikov». The note was addressed to Sergei Grintser (1860-1936), chairman of the Russian Veterinary Society.
Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov (1845-1916), the celebrated Russian biologist, was the second Russian Nobel Laureate (1908). He was awarded the prize for his work on immunity. Mechnikov discovered and described phagocytosis—the phenomenon that is pivotal for the modern understanding of immunity. In 1887 he moved to Paris where he was given a laboratory in the Pasteur Institute (deputy director since 1905).
He lived in France till his death but never lost connection with Russia.