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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
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