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Howard Florey

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey

Profession: Pathologist and Nobel Laureate


Biography: Carried out the first ever clinical trials in 1941 of penicillin at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.

Florey's discoveries, along with Alexander Fleming and Ernst Chain are estimated to have saved over 82 million lives.

Florey shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1945 with Ernst Boris Chain and Alexander Fleming for his role in the development of penicillin.

Born: September 24, 1898
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Libra

Died: February 21, 1968 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1926-10-19 Pathologist Howard Florey (28) weds Ethel Reed at Holy Trinity Church in Paddington, New South Wales

Historical Events

  • 1941-07-04 Howard Florey and Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin
  • 1941-07-15 Howard Florey and Norman Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin)

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