Dr. Armand Frappier

His legacy

His goals

In founding a research institute, Dr. Frappier wanted to achieve four goals: the production of biological products, research, teaching, and community service.

Throughout his career at the Institute, Dr. Frappier created laboratories that were often the first of their kind in Quebec and among the first of their kind in Canada. He also organized the production of current vaccines, particularly new ones against tuberculosis, polio, influenza, measles, whooping cough, and several other diseases.

In short, Dr. Frappier was a pioneer in the field of microbiological research and preventive medicine in Canada.

His dream

In 1939, while on a business trip to Paris, Dr. Frappier was struck by the concrete and animated presentations of microbiology at the Musée de l’Homme. From that moment, he dreamt of a museum in Montreal whose goal would be to sensitize and educate the public about preventive medicine.


Today his work continues through 3 institutions.

View of the campus of the Institut Armand-Frappier ©Dessin original de Lorne H. Bouchard, RCA.
Photograph of Dr. Frappier during one of his trips to France © Musée de la santé Armand-Frappier
Photograph of Thérèse Ostiguy-Frappier and Dr. Armand Frappier at the presentation of a bust of Pasteur offered by the employees on the Institute’s 25th anniversary ©Musée de la santé Armand-Frappier
Lise Frappier-Davignon in front of the Musée de la santé Armand-Frappier in Laval. The Museum opened in 1994. ©Musée de la santé Armand-Frappier

The Armand-Frappier Award

In his memory, the government of Quebec has given his name to one of its prestigious scientific awards, which is given on a yearly basis.

Excerpt from the Prix du Québec website:

« The prix Armand-Frappier is awarded since 1993, to a person who has had a career in research and contributed to the development of a research institute or who has dedicated his career to the administration or promotion of research and in doing so has supported the training of new researchers and promoted the public’s interest in science and technology. All scientific disciplines are recognized for this award. »

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