Culture plate made by Alexander Fleming

Culture plate made by Alexander Fleming

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Credit: ST MARY'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL SCHOOL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Photograph of the original culture plate of the fungus Penicillium notatum, made by the Scottish bacteriologist Sir Alexander Fleming whilst working at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London. Fleming was born on August 6th 1881 & died on March 11 1955. Fleming discovered in 1928 that secretions from Penicillium notatum destroyed colonies of the bacterium Staphylococcus sp. The secretion was named an antibiotic. Clinical trials and the commercial production of antibiotics did not occur until the Second World War.

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