Alexander Fleming plaque, London

Alexander Fleming plaque, London

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Caption: Alexander Fleming plaque. Maroon plaque on the outside of St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, Paddington, London, UK, commemorating the discovery, in 1928 (in a hospital laboratory above the plaque), of the antibiotic penicillin by the British bacteriologist Alexander Fleming (1881-1955). Clinical trials and the commercial production of antibiotics did not occur until the Second World War. Fleming received the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Chain and Florey for their work with penicillin.

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