A. A. Parmentier
(1737-1813)

Died aged 76

Antoine-Augustin Parmentier (Montdidier 12 August 1737 – 13 December 1813) is remembered as a vocal promoter of the potato as a food source for humans in France and throughout Europe. His many other contributions to nutrition and health included establishing the first mandatory smallpox vaccination campaign (under Napoleon beginning in 1805, when he was Inspector-General of the Health Service) and pioneering the extraction of sugar from sugar beets. Parmentier also founded a school of breadmaking, and studied methods of conserving food, including refrigeration.

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A. A. Parmentier, né à Montdidier en 1737, qui propagea et développa la culture de la pomme de terre, s'est éteint dans cette Maison le 17 Décembre 1813.

English translation: A. A. Parmentier, born in Montdidier in 1737, who spread and developed potato cultivation, died in this house on 17 December 1813.

68 rue du Chemin Vert, Paris, France where they died (1813)