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Sir Alexander Fleming's laboratory

Sir Alexander Fleming's laboratory

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

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Sir Alexander Fleming's laboratory at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, as it was in 1928 when he discovered the penicillin fungus. A Scottish bacteriologist, Fleming was born August 6th 1881 & died March 11th 1955. In 1928 he discovered 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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