A photograph of Professor Alexander Fleming [1881-1955] and colleagues at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, taken by James Jarche for ‘Illustrated’ magazine in 1943. Fleming is showing a petrie dish of penicillin mould to Mr Suchet, a gynaecologist, and another doctor. Working as a doctor and researcher at St Mary's, Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin in 1929. He successfully isolated the chemical from the mould Penicillium notatum, but could not purify the compound. During the Second World War two British scientists, Sir Howard Walter Florey [1898-1968] and Ernst Boris Chain [1906-1979], developed a means of producing penicillin on an industrial scale. Together with Alexander Fleming they shared the Nobel Prize in 1945. Their work on producing a 'wonder drug' saved millions of lives.
This cushion is part of our 100 greatest Britons poll conducted by the BBC with the UK public to determine who are considered the greatest British people in history.
The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of the famous British men and women from the 16th century to the present day.
We now offer size, fabric & filling options on selected cushion collections. So please use the drop menu on the right, to customize your order.
- Vegan–friendly, super soft faux suede (100% Polyester) with a coloured back panel and zip fasting.
- Our 100% cotton / linen mix gives a natural feel and look. It is finished with a concealed zip.
- All our heritage and retro collections are best suited to this fabric choice.
All cushions are:
- Lovingly handmade in UK
- Machine washable (check care label prior to washing)
- Design is Printed on one side only