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Sir Edward Penley Abraham

(1913-1999), Biochemist

Sitter in 2 portraits
After completing his doctorate in Oxford, Abraham took up a position at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. He was a noted biochemist, his work on antibiotics producing great clinical advances. His principal work was concerned with the development of penicillin and later of cephalosporin, an antibiotic capable of destroying penicillin-resistant bacteria. These vital drugs are now used extensively in the treatment of various infections, including pneumonia, bronchitis, septicaemia and infected surgical wounds. Through the registration of patent on cephalosporin, he was able to generate a regular income, which he has devoted almost entirely to the establishment of a charitable trust for the support of biomedical research.

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Oxford Scientists, by Wolfgang Suschitzky - NPG P562

Oxford Scientists

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
gelatin silver print, 1944
NPG P562

Sir Edward Penley Abraham, by Wolfgang Suschitzky - NPG x200726

Sir Edward Penley Abraham

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
gelatin silver print, 1944
NPG x200726

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Mrs Lisa Birch

12 March 2021, 18:21

Hi I've been researching my Abraham ancestors & have found that Sir Edward was 2nd cousin twice removed from me. My nan was an Abraham & the family mostly centered around Alverstoke, Gosport & Portsea in Hampshire.