Date and place of Birth. • Alexander was born on the 6th of August 1881. • He was born on Lochfield farm, Darvel, Ayrshire. • He died in London on March the 11th 1955. • He was 73 years, 7 months and 5 days old when he died .
early life • He was the third of four children of Hugh Fleming, from his second marriage to Grace Stirling Morton. • He went to work as a shipping clerk in London, where when he was aged 20, he inherited some money. • He had always wanted to become a doctor, and so in 1901, he enrolled at St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London. • He was good at research and five years later joined the research department at St Mary's, where he was assistant bacteriologist to Sir Almroth Wright.
How he Discovered penicillin • In 1928, Fleming was working on the staphylococci bacteria the kind that cause boils and sore throats. • when and whilst he was examining some old bacteria plates that he noticed a mould had grown on one of his cultures. He saw what he believed in that some of the colonies of staphylococci that should have been growing near the mould had disappeared. • Fleming thought that the mould could be making something that was capable of destroying the bacteria. He did some more experiments and found that this was indeed the case. • He cultured the mould by growing it in broth. The mould was later identified as Penicillin Notatum which had produced what we now call penicillin.
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