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  1. Alexander Fleming is born at Lochfield farm near Darvel in Ayrshire, Scotland. He is the third of four children born to farmer Hugh and Grace Sirling Monton. Hugh also had four children from his first marriage. 1900: Served in the military(1900-1914). Fleming served as a Private in the London Scottish Regiment. 1903: Fleming enrolls in medical school.

  2. Platform to share stories. Sir Alexander Fleming FRS FRSE FRCS[1] (6 August 1881 ? 11 March 1955) was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the world's first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in ...

  3. Alexander Fleming. By Alyssalauren. Timeline. List. 1890. 1900. 1910. 1920. 1930.

  4. May 27, 2021 · Quick Facts. Name. Alexander Fleming. Birth Date. August 6, 1881. Death Date. March 11, 1955. Education. Darvel School, Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster), Louden Moor ...

  5. Timeline. - March, 1940: Dr. Chain had developed a more purified form of penicillin. - 1943: A worker at the Department of Agriculture brought in the moldy piece of cantaloupe and they soon discovered it produced twice as much penicillin as the original blue mold Dr. Fleming had found. - 26 November, 1941: Andrew J. Mayer and Dr. Norman Heatly increase penicillin production x10.

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    • British Research Continues
    • Key Research Shifts to The United States
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    Penicillin is one of the earliest discovered and most widely used antibiotic agents. While Sir Alexander Flemingis credited with its discovery, it was French medical student Ernest Duchesne who first took note of the bacteria in 1896. Fleming's more famous observations would not be made until more than two decades later. Fleming, a trained bacteriologist, was working St. Mary's Hospital in Londonwhen in 1928, he observed a plate culture of Staphylococcus that had been contaminated by a blue-green mold. On closer inspection, he noted that the colonies of bacteria adjacent to the mold were being dissolved. Curious, Fleming decided to grow the mold in pure culture, from which he was able to see that colonies of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus were being destroyed by the mold Penicillium notatum, proving, in principle at least, the existence of an antibacterial agent. Fleming named the substance penicillin and published his findings in 1929, noting that his discovery might someday h...

    In 1930, Dr. Cecil George Paine, a pathologist at the Royal Infirmary in Sheffield, began experimenting with penicillin for the treatment of infant patients suffering neonatal infections (and later with adults suffering eye infections). After an inauspicious start, he successfully cured his first patient on November 25, 1930, however with only a mild success rate, Dr. Paine's efforts with penicillin were limited to a handful of patients. In 1939, led by Australian scientist Howard Florey, the work of a team of penicillin researchers at Oxford University’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology that included Ernst Boris Chain, Edward Abraham, Arthur Duncan Gardner, Norman Heatley, Margaret Jennings, J. Orr-Ewing, and G. Sanders was beginning to show great promise. By the following year, the team was able to demonstrate penicillin's ability to kill infectious bacteria in mice. By 1940, they'd come up with a method for mass-producing penicillin but unfortunately, the output failed to mee...

    With the increasing demands of World War IIputting a huge drain on Great Britain's industrial and governmental resources, the British scientists did not have the means to continue clinical trials on humans at Oxford. Dr. Florey and his colleagues turned to the United States for help and were quickly referred to the Northern Regional Laboratory in Peoria, Illinois, where American scientists were already working on fermentation methods to increase the growth rate of fungal cultures. On July 9, 1941, Dr. Florey and Dr. Norman Heatley came to the United States bearing a vital package containing a small amount of penicillin to begin work. By pumping air into deep vats containing corn steep liquor (a non-alcoholic by-product of the wet milling process) combined with other key ingredients, researchers were able to induce faster penicillin growth than with any previous methods. Ironically, after a worldwide search, it was a modified strain of penicillin that came from a moldy cantaloupe in...

    Meanwhile, simultaneous research being conducted a Pfizer Labs in Brooklyn, New York, helmed by Jasper H. Kane, led to a more practical fermentation method for the mass production of pharmaceutical-grade penicillin. By the time Allied forces hit the beaches on D-Day on June 6, 1944, there was an ample supply of the drug to treat the numerous casualties. Another benefit to mass production was the decrease in cost. Penicillin prices fell from a prohibitively expensive rate in 1940 to $20 per dose in July 1943 to $0.55 per dose by 1946. The 1945 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Sir Alexander Fleming, Ernst Boris Chain, and Sir Howard Walter Florey "for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases." Dr. Andrew J. Moyer from the Peoria Lab was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and both the British and Peoria Laboratories were designated as International Historic Chemical Landmarks. On May 25, 1948, Dr. Moyer was gr...

    Ancient History—The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and indigenous tribes of Central America all used various forms of mold to treat infected wounds.
    Late 1800s–The search for antibiotics begins in the late 1800s with the growing acceptance of the germ theory of disease that linked bacteria and other microbes to the causation of a variety of ail...
    1871—The surgeon Joseph Listerbegins research into a phenomenon indicating that urine contaminated with mold inhibited the growth of bacteria.
    1890s—German doctors Rudolf Emmerich and Oscar Low are the first to make an effective medication from microbes. While their drug, known as pyocyanase, was the first antibiotic to be used in hospita...
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