3 of 22 portraits of Sir Alexander Fleming
by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
19 3/4 in. x 15 3/4 in. (502 mm x 401 mm)
Given by the photographer, Yousuf Karsh, 1991
Click on the links below to find out more:
Sitterback to top
- Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), Bacteriologist and discoverer of penicillin. Sitter in 22 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist associated with 155 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Photographed at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, 1954.
Linked publicationsback to top
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's laboratory, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington)
Events of 1954back to top
Current affairsRoger Bannister runs the four-minute mile. Bannister was the first man to achieve the 'miracle mile', a feat that was thought by some to be impossible, beating his rival, the Australian John Landy, to the record. Bannister went on to a career as a distinguished neurologist.
Food rationing ends in Britain.
Art and scienceJ.R.R. Tolkien publishes the first two parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon language and literature and drew on his scholarly interests in history, language and mythology to create the fictional land of Middle Earth where the books are set.
Williams Golding publishes, Lord of the Flies.