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Sir Alexander Fleming

Sir Alexander Fleming

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Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist, born August 6th 1881 & died March 11th 1955. Fleming discovered in 1928 that secretions from a fungus called Penicillium notatum destroyed colonies of the bacterium Staphylococcus sp. The secretion was named an antibiotic. Clinical trials & the commercial production of antibiotics did not occur until the Second World War.

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