Medal for the Nobel Prize for Medicine

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awarded to Sir Alexander Fleming

Postcard of Medal for the Nobel Prize for Medicine.
© National Museums Scotland

Medal for the Nobel Prize for Medicine

This medal, the Nobel Prize for Medicine, was awarded to Sir Alexander Fleming in 1945 for his contribution to the development of the first effective antibiotic, penicillin.

The medal is gold and issued by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm. It is one of the highest awards given for medical research.

Sir Alexander Fleming, 1881-1955, discovered 'penicillium notatum' in 1928. This allowed other scientists, Howard Florey and Ernst Chain, to isolate penicillin - an effective antibiotic - in 1940. All three men shared the 1945 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-909-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1989.89.61
Date: 1945
Material: Gold; large
What: Medal
Subject: Medals
Who: Alexander Fleming (doctor and scientific researcher)
Ernst Boris Chain (shared Nobel prize with Fleming)
Howard Florey (shared Nobe Prize with Fleming)
Description: One of a group of orders, medals and badges awarded to Sir A. Fleming - Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1945, large gold medal
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