Alexander Fleming Quotes

Sir Alexander Fleming FRS FRSE FRCS (6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955) was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the world's first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. He wrote many articles on bacteriology, immunology, and chemotherapy

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Alexander Fleming


For the birth of something new, there has to be a happening. Newton saw an apple fall; James Watt watched a kettle boil; Roentgen fogged some photographic plates. And these people knew enough to translate ordinary happenings into something new...

Alexander Fleming


If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life.

Alexander Fleming


Suggested remedy for the common cold: A good gulp of whiskey at bedtime-it's not very scientific, but it helps.

Alexander Fleming


Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.

Alexander Fleming


Nature makes penicillin; I just found it.

Alexander Fleming


One sometimes finds what one is not looking for. When I woke up just after dawn on Sept. 28, 1928, I certainly didnâ??t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the worldâ??s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I guess that was exactly what I did.

Alexander Fleming


One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.

Alexander Fleming


Penicillin sat on a shelf for ten years while I was called a quack.

Alexander Fleming


(The discovery of penicillin) was a triumph of accident, a fortunate occurrence which happened while I was working on a purely academic bacteriological problem.

Alexander Fleming


In my first publication I might have claimed that I had come to the conclusion, as a result of serious study of the literature and deep thought, that valuable antibacterial substances were made by moulds and that I set out to investigate the problem. That would have been untrue and I preferred to tell the truth that penicillin started as a chance observation. My only merit is that I did not neglect the observation and that I pursued the subject as a bacteriologist. My publication in 1929 was the starting-point of the work of others who developed penicillin especially in the chemical field.

Alexander Fleming


I have been trying to point out that in our lives chance may have an astonishing influence and, if I may offer advice to the young laboratory worker, it would be this - never to neglect an extraordinary appearance or happening.

Alexander Fleming


“It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject; the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual.”

Alexander Fleming


“One sometimes finds wehat one is not looking for.”

Alexander Fleming


“A good gulp of hot whiskey at bedtime - it's not very scientific but it helps”

Alexander Fleming


“I have been trying to point out that in our lives chance may have an astonishing influence and, if I may offer advice to the young laboratory worker, it would be this - never to neglect an extraordinary appearance or happening.”

Alexander Fleming