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Sir Ernst Chain (1906-1979), Biochemist

Sitter in 8 portraits
Berlin-born biochemist, whose major contribution to medicine was to purify penicillin, making it stable enough to cure bacterial infections. Chain came to England in 1933, conducting his research in Oxford. In 1945 he shared a Nobel Prize with his colleague Howard Florey, and Alexander Fleming, who had discovered penicillin. He received a knighthood in 1969.

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P555

Sir Ernst Chain

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
bromide print, 1944
NPG P555

P562

Oxford Scientists

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
bromide print, 1944
NPG P562

5989

Sir Ernst Chain

by Lotte Laserstein
oil on canvas, 1945
NPG 5989

x195040

Sir Ernst Chain; Oscar Nemon

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1944
NPG x195040

x5736

Sir Ernst Chain

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 18 September 1969
NPG x5736

x190008

Sir Ernst Chain

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 11 May 1949
NPG x190008

x190009

Sir Ernst Chain

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 11 May 1949
NPG x190009