By: Amanda Hill
Alexander Fleming was born on August 6th, 1881, in Scotland. He was one of eight children. Alexander moved to London at age 13 with his brothers. He was forced to work at a shipping office while he was in school. Later in life he got a grant from his uncle and he got to go to medical school, where he got the training needed to be a doctor during WW1. He had no way of stopping infections, and that sparked his interest in antibiotics. In 1922 Fleming found uses for Lysozyme. Latter he came back to his work and made the biggest leap in medicine for years to come, Penicillin. Fleming then became the director of the institute. He held that position until 1955. In 1945 he received the Nobel Prize for physiology. He died on March 11th, 1955.
Impact on the 1920's
Discovery of Lysozyme
"No man ... has had a more profound influence on the contemporary history of the human race." -André Maurois
Penicillin : The First Antibiotic
The white is the mold and the black is penicillin at work.
With out his cluttered lab he probably would not have made his most famous discovery.
Fleming receiving his Nobel Prize
He got it for his discovery of penicillin.
What made him so determined to help the wounded?