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Alexander Fleming

St. Mary's Hospital


After Alexander Fleming inherited money from his Uncle, he was able to afford the fees to enter into medical school and leave his job in a shipping office. He was admitted into St. Mary's Medical School in 1901 and studies chemistry, physics and biology in the first two years, followed by physiology, histology, pharmacology and anatomy. He gained his MBBS in 1906.


Fleming spent much of his professional life working in St. Mary's, first as assistant bacteriologist for Sir Almroth Wright, then as a lecturer, and after WWI, as Professor of Bacteriology.

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Brown, Kevin (2004) Penicillin Man: Alexander Fleming and the Antibiotic Revolution. Stroud: Sutton.