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Alexander Fleming
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Scientist
    (August 6, 1881-March 11, 1955)
    Credited with the discovery of penicillin (1928)
    He wore bow ties.
    While serving in the military during World War I as a medic, he argued against the idea that antibiotics prevented infections.
    Before he became famous for his best-known contribution to society, he had a side practice of treating syphilis infections among London artists.
    He was the first to discover penicillin, but he discontinued his work on penicillin after his initial discovery, and had no real role in the development of it other then providing other researchers with samples.
    Despite discovering one of the greatest drugs in the history of antibiotic research, he didn't think that drugs could cure serious infections.
    There is a false urban legend which says Alexander Fleming's father saved a young Winston Churchill from drowning, and therefore, Churchill's father paid for young Alexander Fleming's education.
    Even though he had little to do with the actual work done on penicillin, he was able to notice a chance occurrence of a mold spore landing on a culture sample with bacteria.
    His initial research on penicillin was enough to inspire a team of scientists to mass produce it in time for the late stages of World War II.
    His discovery cured many of mankind's most feared scourges, including syphilis, gangrene and tuberculosis, and saved millions of lives.
    Upon accepting his Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine in 1945, he humbly said: 'Nature makes penicillin; I just found it.'

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