Alexander Fleming

by: Jack Clark

Have you ever wondered what a world without medicine would be? Here is some info about the man that created the first antibiotic.

"I certainly didn't plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world's first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I suppose that was exactly what I did." -Alexander Fleming

Fun Facts!!

1: He found a different kind of bacteria killer, lysozyme, before he found penicillin. Penicillin could kill the most harmful bacteria, unlike lysozyme, which couldn't.

2: After discovering penicillin and getting a Nobel Prize, he got nearly 30 different honorary doctorate degrees from around the world. He also became an honorary member of nearly every single medical society in the world.

3: Lysozyme is actually in mucus. He found lysozyme when some of his mucus dripped on to a container of bacteria, and the bacteria dissolved.

4: In 1946, he surpassed the head of the St. Mary's Inoculation Department, Sir Almroth Edward Wright. He became the head of the department, while Wright became the assistant, like Fleming was.

5: He was actually knighted (yes, knighted) as Knights Bachelor in 1944.