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Pasteur... yeah, Pasteur lost 2 or 3 kids to disease before devoting his life to finding a cure. If his kids had not died he would have been your local doctor. Which means he had cash to go to university in the first place.
His fame came after he died, and during his life, even though he had made a few successful vaccines, the media still tried to crucify him for the anthrax issue. So sure, after his death they built a foundation with his name on it, because he did save lots of people. What's funny, is that while his descendants (who lived off his legacy by writing biographies) says he was only a non-practicing christian, the rest of society will tell you he did everything inspired by his love for God, and the best of all his the fact that they have put his corpse under the institute, enshrined like a saint in a crypt, which is kinda strange for me.
I happen to know researchers in genetics and bio-chemistry, none of them have ever met sick people.. they just handle glass bottles. It's like in hollywood movies when the top level virologists get infected by glass shards or needles while helping out a dying cab driver, when really, they should stay safe in the lab since the whole hope rests on their shoulders. That's the part where reason/wisdom/cause must temper Love and the need to help others.
I believe there is a greater good, and it's not always in the street or at the front of battle.