Thursday, March 10, 2005

Flashes from the Past: "He was a jokester in the lab..."



He was a jokester in the lab, doodling paintings with different molds on filter paper. He was also known for his love of all sorts of games and sports, with his peculiar changes in rules like playing a round of golf with only one club or using his club like a pool cue. He teased a colleague for being excessively tidy, and confessed he played with microbes. Who was this? This was Sir Alexander Fleming, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered penicillin. To read more about this colorful side of Alexander Fleming, check out Sparks of Genius by the Root-Bernsteins.

Fleming and Germ Pictures
Sir Alexander Fleming

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