• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Alexander Fleming was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1945 for his discovery of penicillin, paving the way for what has been come to be known as the antibiotic revolution. His discovery of the properties of specific molds and their inhibiting properties on the growth of staphylococci culture plates in his lab changed the course of history, sparking the development of antibiotics, which have continued to save people’s lives. Penicillin has affected the lives of everyone and has exerted a powerful hold on the popular imagination since its first use in 1941. The story of its development from a chance observation in 1928 by Fleming to a life-saving drug is compelling and exciting. It revolutionized health care and turned the modest, self-effacing Fleming into a world ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles