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The discovery of Penicillin
This is where the Discovery of Penicillin took place.
Sir Alexander Flemming in his laboratory in the basement of St. Mary's Hospital in London on Friday September 28 1928,(now part of Imperial College) noticed a petri dish containing Staphylococcus plate culture he had mistakenly left open, was contaminated by blue-green mould, which had formed a visible growth, which had inhibited the growth of bacteria.
Fleming concluded that the mould was releasing a substance that was repressing the growth and lysing the bacteria.
Interestingly the pub opposite the hospital most likely contributed to the spread of the fungal spores.