Nobel Prizes 2012: Physiology and Medicine

Over the next few days, the winners of the 2012 Nobel prizes will be announced. So each day, we’ll be looking to see what Nobel-related content we have in Europeana. Today the 2012 Nobel Award for Physiology and Medicine was awarded to British researcher Sir John Gurdon and his Japanese colleague Shinya Yamanaka ‘for the discovery […]

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A Happy Accident: Fleming’s Penicillin

Ear ache? Sore throat? Tooth ache? If you’re suffering these symptoms, it’s possible you’d benefit from a dose of penicillin. And if that’s the case, you should be raising a glass to Sir Alexander Fleming who discovered the popular antibiotic. He was born on this day, 6 August, in 1881 in the small town of […]

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Discovery of penicillin

On September 28, 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming noticed a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory. This was a discovery that changed the course of history. Fleming said, “I did not invent penicillin. Nature did that. I only discovered it by accident.” Indeed, he was not the first one to use penicillin properties, but he was […]

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