Alexander Fleming

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Alexander Fleming


He was the third of the four children of farmer Hugh Fleming from his second marriage to Grace Stirling Morton the daughter of a neighbouring farmer. He died when Alexander was seven.

His elder brother, Tom, was already a physician and suggested him that he should follow the same career, and so in 1903, the younger Alexander enrolled at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in Paddington; where he became assistant bacteriologist to Sir Almroth Wright, a pioneer in vaccine therapy and immunology.

6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955

He and many of his colleagues worked in battlefield hospitals at the Western Front in France. In 1918 he returned to St Mary's Hospital, where he was elected Professor of Bacteriology of the University of London in 1928. In 1951 he was elected the Rector of the University of Edinburgh for a term of 3 years.

He invented the penicillin, an antibiotic to treat bacterial infections.


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