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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
12th November 1931 Sibelius/Ashton's ballet Lady of Shalott, premieres in London
12th November 1919 Ross and Keith Smith start a 1 month flight from London to Australia
The discovery of Penicillin
This is where the Discovery of Penicillin took place.
Location: St Mary's Hospital
Description: Sir Alexander Flemming in his laboratory in the basement of St. Mary's Hospital in London on Friday September 28 1928,(now part of Imperial College) noticed a petri dish containing Staphylococcus plate culture he had mistakenly left open, was contaminated by blue-green mould, which had formed a visible growth, which had inhibited the growth of bacteria.
Fleming concluded that the mould was releasing a substance that was repressing the growth and lysing the bacteria.
Interestingly the pub opposite the hospital most likely contributed to the spread of the fungal spores.
Tagged in this Tour: The London Inventions Tour