Set of glass pipettes made by Sir Almroth Wright for use in research, London, England, 1902-1914

Made:
1902-1914 in London
maker:
Almroth Edward Wright

Buy this image as a print 

Buy

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

License

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group

Set of glass pipettes made by Sir Almroth Wright (1861-1947), bacteriologist and founder of modern vaccine-therapy, for use in research undertaken at St Mary's Hospital Paddington, London, c.1910.

These pipettes were invented and used by Sir Almroth Edward Wright (1861-1947), a pathologist and bacteriologist at St Mary’s Hospital, London. Wright pioneered the use of vaccine therapy, which involved using vaccines as treatments rather than as a preventative measures. His approach and theories were controversial and were later abandoned. However, Wright was very prominent in the early 1900s, and even provided the inspiration for the character of the doctor in George Bernard Shaw’s play, The Doctor’s Dilemma.

Wright set up his own clinical research institute at the hospital. This was funded by the sale of his vaccines. It was at this institute that Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928.

Details

Category:
Laboratory Medicine
Object Number:
2005-73
Materials:
glass and rubber
Measurements:
case closed: 23 mm x 148 mm x 111 mm, .17 kg
case open: 15 mm x 148 mm x 220 mm, .17 kg
type:
pipette
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • scientific equipment
  • laboratory apparatus
credit:
Dr Peter N. Cardew