Sir Alexander Fleming

    Sir Alexander Fleming was born on August 6th, 1881 at Lochfeild near Darvel in Ayrshire, Scotland. He entered St. Marys Medical School, London University and qualified with distinction in 1906 and began research at St. Marys under Sir Almroth Wright. He was a lecturer at St. Marys until 1914 where he joined the Army Medical Corps and served as a Captain in the First World War. In 1918 he returned to St. Marys and continued his research.
    In 1928 he was elected Professor of the School and Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology, University of
London in 1948. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1943 and Knighted in 1944.
    Dr Fleming died on March 11th in 1955 and is buried in St. Pauls Cathedral.

Ernst Boris Chain

    Ernst Boris Chain was born on June 19, 1906 in Berlin. He attended the Friedrich-Wilhelm University and
graduated in Chemistry in 1930. In 1933 when the Nazis rose to power he emigrated to England. In 1935 he was
invited to Oxford University where he worked in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.
    He is a Commander of the Legion dHonneur and Grande Uffciale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. He
died in1979.

Sir Howard Walter Florey

    Sir Howard Walter Florey was born in Adelaide, South Australia on September the 24th 1898. He attended
Oxford, as a Rhodes scholar and Cambridge were he gained his PhD in 1927.
In 1935 he became the Professor of Pathology and a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. In 1938 he began
his work with Chain where they conducted a systematic investigation of the properties of antibacterial substances, this lead to their work on Penicillin.
    During the Second World War he was appointed Honorary Consultant in Pathology to the Army. He was
made president of the Royal Society inn 1960 and has been awarded honorary degrees by 17 universities. 
        He was created a Knight Bachelor in 1944. He died in 1968.

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