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Fascinating facts about Alexander Fleming inventor of Penicillin  in 1928.

Alexander Fleming
AT A GLANCE:
Penicillin was discovered by chance, in 1928, after Alexander Fleming accidentally left a dish of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered for a few days. He returned to find the dish dotted with bacterial growth, apart from one area where a patch of mold (Penicillin notatum) was growing. The mold produced a substance, named penicillin by Fleming, which inhibited bacterial growth and was later found to be effective against a wide range of harmful bacteria.
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Inventor: Alexander Fleming  (Sir)
Portrait of Alexander Fleming courtesy Chemical Industries Association
Career: author, biologist and pharmacologist.
Birth: August 6,1881 in East Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: March 11, 1955 in London, England
Nationality: Scottish
Invention: Penicillin
Penicillin nucleus image - Wikipedia GNU License
Function: noun / pen·i·cil·lin / named by Alexander Fleming
Definition: Any of a group of broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs obtained from penicillium molds or produced synthetically, most active against gram-positive bacteria and used in the treatment of various infections and diseases. 
   
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CAPS: Fleming, Alexander Fleming, Ernst Chain, Howard Florey; Norman Heatley; ARY, penicillin, antibiotic drug, mold, healthcare, SIP, history, biography, inventor, invention.
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RELATED INFORMATION:
Invention of Penicillin   from The Great Idea Finder
Nobel Prize Inventors   from The Great Idea Finder

ON THE WEB:

Scotsman Heritage
Alexander Fleming: discoverer of 'miracle drug' penicillin
(URL: heritage.scotsman.com/timelines.cfm?cid=1&id=40852005)

WORDS OF WISDOM:
"Without Fleming, no Chain or Florey; without Chain, no Florey; without Florey, no Heatley; without Heatley, no penicillin."  - Sir Henry Harris said in 1998
 

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