Emile F. Pernot was born in New York in 1859. He accompanied his brother, Henry, to Oregon in 1889, and together they opened a photography business. In 1890 Pernot was hired by Oregon Agricultural College to teach photography and to take photographs for the Experiment Station. Through his pioneering work in microphotography, he developed an interest in bacteriology, and was named the first chair of the Bacteriology Department in 1900. In 1910 Pernot was named bacteriologist for the city of Portland. He married Edith Coote, daughter of OAC horticulturalist George Coote. Pernot died in 1927.
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