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Oxford Scientists

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Oxford Scientists, by Wolfgang Suschitzky, 1944 - NPG P562 - © Wolfgang Suschitzky / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Wolfgang Suschitzky / National Portrait Gallery, London

Oxford Scientists

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
bromide print, 1944
11 5/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (295 mm x 375 mm)
Purchased, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG P562

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In 1944, ICI commissioned a film from the Realist Film Unit whose chief cameraman was Suschitzky, which documented the development and manufacture of penicillin in Britain. It showed scenes including a re-enactment of Sir Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, the treatment of a wounded soldier, and Sir Howard Florey, Sir Ernst Chain and Norman Heatley at work on the chemistry of penicillin in their Oxford laboratory. Sir Ernst Chain is shown here with fellow scientist Professor Robert Robinson in his office at Magdalen College, Oxford.

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