His laboratory

Although Beijerinck worked for a time in a converted building in the centre of Delft, it is this purpose-built laboratory that is regarded as the first home of the Delft School of Microbiology. The wing directly below the church spires was the Professor's house. Kluyver also lived and worked here, but his successor, Torsten Wikén, was the first Professor of Microbiology to occupy the new microbiology building that now makes up part of the current Kluyver laboratory. Much of the building still exists (below), but it is now used as flats. Its surroundings have changes a great deal. This is the garden and canal from which famous bacteria such as Paracoccus denitrificans were first isolated.


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