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Sir Ernst Chain, by Lotte Laserstein, 1945 - NPG 5989 - © estate of Lotte Laserstein

© estate of Lotte Laserstein

Sir Ernst Chain

by Lotte Laserstein
oil on canvas, 1945
25 3/4 in. x 31 5/8 in. (654 mm x 803 mm)
Purchased, 1988
Primary Collection
NPG 5989


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With the Australian pathologist Howard Florey, the German-born Chain worked on Alexander Fleming's initial discovery of penicillin, eventually succeeding in purifying it, thus opening the way for its chemical synthesis. For their work on penicillin the three bio-chemists, Fleming, Florey and Chain received the Nobel Prize in 1945.

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