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Alexander Fleming

Alexander Fleming

(1881-1955) Sir Alexander Fleming was born at Lochfield Farm near Darvel in Ayrshire, Scotland on August 6th, 1881. He attended Loudoun Moor School, Darvel School, and Kilmarnock Academy before moving to London at the age of about 14 where he attended the Polytechnic. He spent four years in a shipping office before entering St. Mary's Medical School, London University. He qualified with distinction in 1906 and began research at St. Mary's under Sir Almroth Wright, a pioneer in vaccine therapy. He served throughout World War I as a captain in the Army Medical Corps, being mentioned in dispatches, and in 1918 he returned to St.Mary's. He was elected Professor of the School in 1928 and Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology at the University of London in 1948. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1943, and knighted in 1944. 

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