Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey OM FRS FRCP (24 September 1898 – 21 February 1968) was an Australian pharmacologist and pathologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Ernst Chain and Sir Alexander Fleming for his role in the development of penicillin .
S ir Howard Walter Florey was born on September 24, 1898, at Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Joseph and Bertha Mary Florey. His early education was at St. Peter’s Collegiate School, Adelaide, following which he went on to Adelaide University where he graduated M.B., B.S. in 1921.
Howard Walter Florey (1898–1968) and Ernst Boris Chain (1906–1979) were the scientists who followed up most successfully on Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, sharing with him the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
May 20, 2018 · Howard Florey died at age 69 of a heart attack on February 21, 1968 in Oxford – he had suffered from angina for a number of years. Survived by his children and second wife, he was buried in Oxford’s St. Nicholas Churchyard. A month after his death, a memorial service was held for him in Westminster Abbey.
Feb 17, 2023 · Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey, (born Sept. 24, 1898, Adelaide, Australia—died Feb. 21, 1968, Oxford, Eng.), Australian pathologist who, with Ernst Boris Chain, isolated and purified penicillin (discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming) for general clinical use.
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So Who Was Howard Florey? Florey's father owned a shoe business in Adelaide, having migrated from England for a warmer climate due to his wife's poor health. When she died of tuberculosis, he married Bertha and they had two daughters, followed by Howard. Howard was brilliant at schoolwork and outstanding at sport.
Howard Walter Florey was an Australian pathologist (a doctor who studies diseases). He was one of the scientists who discovered how to develop penicillin for general use. For that research, he and the other scientists (including Alexander Fleming ) shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1945.