Sir Alexander Fleming

Sir Alexander Fleming

Sir Alexander Fleming in his lab


On August 6, 1881 Alexander Fleming was born in Lochfield near Darvel Ayrshire Scotland. He attended Louden Moor school, Darvel school and Kilmarnock Academy and moved to London where he attended the Polytechnic. Before entering St. Mary's Medical School he spent four years in a shipping office.   He began research in 1906 under Sir Almroth Wright, a pioneer in vaccine therapy. He became a lecturer at St Mary's until 1914. He married Sarah Marion McElroy of Killala Ireland in 1915. During World War I he served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps.

In 1928 while working on influenza virus he observed that a mould culture prevented the growth of staphylococci even when dilutes 800 times. He called the active substance penicillin. This drug would save thousand of lives in World War II and millions of lives thereafter. He was knighted in 1944 and shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine with Howard Florey and Ernest Chain.

Four years after the passing of his first wife he remarried 1953 to Dr. Amalia Koutsouri-Voureks, a Greek colleague at St. Mary's Dr. Fleming passd to the GLA on March 11th 1955.

He was a member of London Scottish Rifles Lodge No. 2310, Sancta Maria Lodge No. 2682 and Misericordia Lodge No. 3286.      


Sir Alexander Fleming receiving the Nobel Prize for Medicine