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  1. Alexander Fleming was a Scottish physician-scientist who was recognised for discovering penicillin. The simple discovery and use of the antibiotic agent has saved millions of lives, and earned Fleming – together with Howard Florey and Ernst Chain, who devised methods for the large-scale isolation and production of penicillin – the 1945 ...

  2. Penicillin, first synthesized in the lab in the 1950s, continues to combat infections such as pneumonia, syphilis, and meningitis, as well as heal burns. Through the problem solving involved in discovering, purifying, and synthesizing penicillin, Fleming and his predecessors left an indelible impact on the field of medicine and the health of ...

  3. Alexander Fleming’s Discovery of Penicillin. Penicillin heralded the dawn of the antibiotic age. Before its introduction there was no effective treatment for infections such as pneumonia, gonorrhea or rheumatic fever. Hospitals were full of people with blood poisoning contracted from a cut or a scratch, and doctors could do little for them ...

  4. In 1928, bacteriologist Alexander Fleming made a chance discovery from an already discarded, contaminated Petri dish. The mold that had contaminated the experiment turned out to contain a powerful antibiotic, penicillin. However, though Fleming was credited with the discovery, it was over a decade before someone else turned penicillin into the ...

  5. Alexander Fleming’s Discovery . A chance event in a London laboratory in 1928 changed the course of medicine. Alexander Fleming, a bacteriologist at St. Mary’s Hospital, had returned from a vacation when, while talking to a colleague, he noticed a zone around an invading fungus on an agar plate in which the bacteria did not grow.

  6. A chance event in a London laboratory in 1928 changed the course of medicine. Alexander Fleming, a bacteriologist at St. Mary’s Hospital, had returned from a vacation when, while talking to a colleague, he noticed a zone around an invading fungus on an agar plate in which the bacteria did not grow.

  7. Penicillin had been discovered during the 19th century, but it was Alexander Fleming who first realised its great importance in 1928. During World War I, he noticed that antiseptics seemed unable ...

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