Howard Florey

Microbiologist Project

Biography of Howard Florey

Sir Howard Walter Florey was born on September 24, 1898 in Adelaide, Australia. He started out at the Adelaide University where he graduated in 1921 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and traveled to Magdalen College, Oxford to further study medicine. Consequently he earned his masters in medicine in 1924. He then went to Cambridge, after a short visit to the USA, and finished his Ph.D in medicine and his university career in 1927.


He studied in university from 1917 to 1927.


Florey was a contributor to, and Editor of, Antibiotics and has had many papers published on pathology.


During World War II he was appointed Honorary Consultant in Pathology to the Army and became the Pathology Professor to many in Australia and New Zealand.


Howard Florey was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine in 1945

Howard Florey's Impact

Florey's Work - Pathology

Although Alexander Fleming was credited with the discovery of penicillin, it would not have been put into use as an antibiotic without the work of Howard Florey.


He first tried it on sick children, often with blood poisoning, with outstanding results.


Howard Florey and his partner, Norman Heatley took a flight to the US to share their discovery. By the end of World War II, many laboratories were manufacturing the drug, and Australia was the first country to legalize civilian use of the drug.


He has written a book and published many papers on pathology that show the genuineness of his finding.


His work has influenced many scientists today with not only the use and intensity of penicillin, but also with discovery of many other non toxic, low side effect, chemical antibiotics.

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There are over 100 types of antibiotics that exist today with relatively few side effects. Many think that this can be contributed to Howard Florey's work with employing the use of the first ever widely used antibiotic.

Works Cited

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-Mades, Henry. "What Are Pathogens." ABC Net Science., 17 Mar. 2015. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.