The event also aimed to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Yersin Fans Association (November 11, 1992 - November 11,2022).

Born in Switzerland, Yersin (September 22, 1863 – March 1, 1943) studied medicine at prestigious institutes in the country, Germany and France. He came to Vietnam in 1891 and lived in Nha Trang city for more than half a century. The scientist was most remembered as the co-discoverer of the bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague in 1894.

Delegates offer flowers at Alexandre Yersin's last resting place.

He discovered Liang Biang Plateau, the site of Da Lat city, in 1893 and founded Nha Trang Pasteur Institute in 1895. Yersin was also the person who introduced rubber tree and Cinchona ledgeriana, a medicinal tree, to Vietnam.

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

In addition to collaborating with individuals and organizations to popularize the life and careers of the French scientist, the Yersin  Fans Association also engages in human activities to help poor and disadvantaged people.

At the ceremony, the provincial People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to the association for its contributions over the past 30 years.

Scholarships were also awarded to poor students with outstanding academic performance on the occasion.

Source: VNA