Penicillin specimen with original packaging, c 1950.

Image number: 10315479

Penicillin specimen with original packaging, c 1950.

In 1928 Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) discovered that the Penicillium mould produced a substance toxic to bacteria, which he called penicillin. ln 1940 a team at Oxford isolated penicillin and made it on a laboratory scale. Industrial production was led by US companies during World War II. However British companies, particularly Glaxo, did make penicillin in the war and then bought US technology to greatly increase output. Made by Glaxo.

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10315479
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
30 October 2003 01:12
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