In Kryzhopil District, Vinnytsya Region, there is a picturesque village of Zabolotne. It is there, in the former village of Chobotarka, that Danylo Zabolotny, a prominent microbiologist and epidemiologist, was born, lived and is buried. Now, in the village there is D. Zabolotny’s Memorial Museum consisting of the house in which the future scientist was born, the garden and the tombs of Danylo Zabolotny’s and of his wife.
The interior of his parents’ house has remained as it was during his life; so have his personal belongings. In the old-fashioned bookcase, there are books with his remarks and with bookmarks made of dried flowers. At the window on the table, there is a Zeiss microscope, Academician Zabolotny’s companion in his journeys throughout the Asian deserts and Manchzhuria.
On the peg, there is an old straw hat. In one room, there are wax figures of D. Zabolotny and a peasant that came to him asking for medical advice. In D. Zabolotny’s home, everything remembers their master. Coming back from faraway expeditions, the scientist always used to bring home exotic plants and trees.
Even now, alongside with Ukrainian poplars and cherries, there grow Karelian birch and Ussuri maple. In 1966, an exposition building was constructed nearby. Its pieces tell of this great devotee of science’s life, in detail introducing its visitors to D. Zabolotny’s life and work. His scientific essays, documents, photographs, geographical maps, his parents’ and family photos, original copies of his synopses as a student and first scientific works are exhibited there.
The visitors of the Museum may learn of the record of Danylo Zabolotny’s experiment, when he putting his life at stake proved the possibility of human anti-cholera immunization. This experiment became a historic landmark not only of the cholera research, but of the development of microbiology on the whole. Another important stage in Zabolotny’s life was his struggle against plague. In the showcases, original materials telling on the fight with this disease are presented, and a panorama Danylo Zabolotny in the anti-plague expedition.
D. Zabolotny had to fulfill a historic mission to become the founder of epidemiology as a national science. That is why, the Museum presents documents, monographs, reports, photographs that are evidence to this. In 1928, being the President of the All-Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Danylo Zabolotny founded the Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology. Today it is that Institute of Microbiology and Virology that bears his name. D. Zabolotny’s death was a hard loss for the academic community and the public at large. Hundreds of obituary telegrams sent by scientific institutions and scientists from throughout the world proved extraordinary significance of this Titan of Science.
The paths leading to D. Zabolotny’s Museum have never been overgrown with grass. His grateful offsprings keep on learning from him to serve unselfishly to their nation, to love their homeland, and to labour to all people’s benefit.