On This Day In Chemistry

June 19th

German-born British biochemist Sir Ernst Boris Chain was born on this day in 1906

Chain and his partner Howard Florey extracted and isolated the antibiotic penicillin from Penicillium mould nine years after its accidental discovery by Alexander Fleming. Chain, Florey and Fleming shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1945 for their work.
 

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