Alastair Thornton, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.




            Penicillin, the first true antibiotic, was discovered in 1928 by Scottish bacteriologist Sir Alexander Fleming. His discovery eventually lead to the wide spread production of a drug that has saved thousands of life’s especially when it was introduced to treat war wounds in the second world war.

            This website gives a brief introduction to its discovery and manufacture and goes some way to describe how it kills bacteria.