Seven white ceramic penicillin fermentation vessel from apparatus used in experimental work with penicillin

Made:
1939-1949 in United Kingdom
maker:
Glaxo Laboratories Limited

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Set of apparatus used in experimental work with penicillin, comprising enamel dish and metal device to contain liquid,
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Seven white ceramic penicillin fermentation vessel from apparatus used in experimental work with penicillin, by Glaxo Laboratories Limited, England, 1939-1949

Although the effects of penicillin on bacteria were observed in 1928 by the British bacteriologist Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), the drug was not successfully made in any quantity or isolated from the juice exuded by the penicillium mould until the early 1940s. The pioneering work on making and separating penicillin, and finding its huge medical potential was conducted in Oxford. This apparatus was used in some of the very earliest experimental work there.

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Details

Category:
Biotechnology
Object Number:
1964-457/4
Measurements:
each part: 90 mm x 340 mm x 227 mm, 1.952 kg
type:
penicillin
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • scientific equipment
credit:
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

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