What great innovator do most people not know?

Someone I didn’t know for a long time is Cornelis Drebbel.See also Cornelis Drebbel-Wikipedia

Drebbel was an inventor who spawned many innovative things.

It’s one of those names that you often come across on a street name but where you can find few of them in school booklets.

See also here if you want to know more about what he did: Cornelis Drebbel (NL)

The British physician and microbiologist Alexander Fleming discovered in 1928 the penicillin.His invention led to a revolution in the treatment of, among other things, infected wounds.Alexander Fleming received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1945.

Alexander Fleming (1881-1955)

Alexander Fleming was born on August 6, 1881 in the Scottish town of Lochsfield.

His father is a farmer. Before Fleming puts his first steps into the medical world, he first works for four years at a shipping company. He then studied medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in Paddington.

During the First World War , The Scotsman worked as a health officer in military hospitals.In These hospitals he sees many wounded soldiers with purulent wounds. Fleming then realizes that there is a great need for bactericidal agents.

Coincidence

Photo of Flemming of the bacterium and the fungus

In 1928, Alexander Fleming is very successful.

He makes his invention more or less coincidentally when he is studying staphylococcal studies. Fleming grows these bacteria so that he can examine them microscopically.

When he returns to his laboratory after a short holiday, he sees that the cover glass of one of the grow bowls has been wiped out and that fungus has grown, an infection by mold spores in the air.

Fleming wants to discard the cultivated staphylococci initially, but decides to take a look at the microscope.He then sees that at the spots where the fungus has appeared, the bacterium is dissolved. Fleming therefore notes that fungi, a fungus of the type of Penicillium, secrete a substance that kills bacteria.Fleming then tries to isolate this bactericidal substance, called Fleming penicillin , into usable amounts.However, this is difficult, because the substance proves to be poorly sustainable and the chemical instruments at that time are lacking.

Fleming behind his microscope

If about ten years later the Second World War erupts, there is again a great need for bactericidal substances.

The Australian pathologist Howard Florey and the German biochemist Ernst Chain both work at the University of Oxford and encounter a Fleming publication on penicillin. The duo manages to isolate the bactericidal substance. In 1940, a policeman leading to blood poisoning is the first person to be treated with penicillin. The man heals fast.

Nobel Prize for Alexander Fleming

Penicillin is soon taken into mass production.In 1945, Alexander Fleming, Howard Florey and Ernst Chain received the Nobel prize In Medicine. One year earlier, Fleming was already knighted, making it officially ‘ Sir Alexander Fleming ‘.

Alexander Fleming died on 11 March 1955 in his home in London with a cardiac arrest.

I have three current dreamer innovators as idols: Boyan Slat who wants to make our oceans clean… Boyan Slat-Wikipedia

Daan Roosegaarde who wants to make our planet smog free followed by the space around our planet to make waste free… Daan Roosegaarde-Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and Vincent Callebaut who wants to make our cities greener but also wants to place our cities at sea.

With these three we are going to meet exciting times!

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