28 Septem­ber 1928

Sir Alexan­der Flem­ing dis­cov­ers peni­cillin

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Born in Scot­land in 1881, Sir Alexan­der Flem­ing de­voted his life to medicine. In 1928, Flem­ing was work­ing on the flu virus and study­ing a bac­te­ria called staphy­lo­coc­cus. He was grow­ing the bac­te­ria in glass dishes. When he checked them, he no­ticed that mould had formed. Where there was mould, he found that the bac­te­ria had been killed. He later re­alised that the mould was an an­tibi­otic, which he later called peni­cillin. When the drug was in­tro­duced in the 1940s, it com­pletely changed the way peo­ple were treated, and helped save mil­lions of lives.

Sir Alexan­der


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