Alexander Fleming – The birthplace of the penicillin pioneer in Darvel

A Scottish physician and microbiologist, best known for discovering the world’s first broadly effective antibiotic substance, which he named penicillin.

His discovery in 1928 is described as the “single greatest victory ever achieved over disease.” Fleming was recognized for that achievement in 1945, when he received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Australian pathologist Howard Walter Florey and German-British biochemist Ernst Boris Chain.

Sir Alexander Fleming was born on 6 August 1881 at Lochfield farm near Darvel, in Ayrshire. He was the third of four children of farmer Hugh Fleming and Grace Stirling Morton, the daughter of a neighbouring farmer.

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