In 1928 Alexander Fleming came across some mould in an old culture dish; from it came one of the greatest discoveries of medicine: Penicillin, an antibiotic that kills bacteria without producing toxic side-effects. However, it wasn't until 1940, when two scientists at Oxford succeeded in demonstrating that the new drug could be purified and mass-produced, that the treatment of infections and infectious diseases was revolutionized. Fleming insisted on the importance of chance or luck in all scientific endeavour; without it Fleming would never have been a medical doctor, and humanity might still be waiting for the miracle of Penicillin.More
The world-changing invention of penicillin and the life story of its inventor are dramatized in Alexander Fleming.
Born in 1881 to a Scottish farmer, Fleming was a medical researcher whose greatest discovery came by accident. Coming back from a holiday in 1928, he noticed a mold in an old petri dish that had killed bacteria. It would take over a decade before his discovery would save lives in the form of antibiotics. For his work he received the Nobel Prize in 1945.
While one performer narrates key points in Fleming's life in a plummy British accent, another assumes a Scottish accent in the role of the scientist at key moments in his life of discovery and accomplishment.
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