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Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), Bacteriologist and discoverer of penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming

Sitter in 20 portraits
Born in Ayrshire, Fleming served with the Royal Army Medical Corps at Boulogne (1914-18), studying the treatment of war wounds, and observed the dangers of cross-infection. In 1920 Fleming became a lecturer in bacteriology at St Mary's, and discovered lysozyme, the body's natural antibiotic in 1922. He became Professor in Bacteriology at London University in 1928, the year he discovered penicillin, the first antibiotic. Its successful development was delayed until the Second World War. Fleming shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine with Howard Florey and Ernst Chain in 1945. He was Director of the Wright-Fleming Institute of Microbiology (1946-54).

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3988

Alexander Fleming

by Helen McDougall Campbell
pencil, 1944
NPG 3988

5085

Alexander Fleming

by James Ardern Grant
lithograph, 1944
NPG 5085

P490(31)

Alexander Fleming

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(31)

4238

Alexander Fleming

by Frank Kovacs
bronze medallion, 1955
NPG 4238

x32631

Alexander Fleming

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, July 1943
NPG x32631

x32632

Alexander Fleming

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, July 1943
NPG x32632

x32769

Alexander Fleming

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, July 1943
NPG x32769

x136472

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
quarter-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x136472

x12322

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
quarter-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x12322

x12323

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
quarter-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x12323

x12324

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
quarter-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x12324

x131363

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1954
NPG x131363

x10681

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x10681

x1833

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x1833

x1835

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x1835

x1836

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x1836

x1838

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x1838

x1834

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x1834

x169045

Alexander Fleming

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, July 1943
NPG x169045

x1837

Alexander Fleming

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x1837

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