Accidental discoveries in science






The discovery of antibiotics is the greatest even in the history of medicine. It was discovered accidentally by Alexander Fleming, professor of bacteriology, while doing some research on bacterial diseases at London in 1928.

 He was surprised to see that the bacteria he was trying to grow for his experiments were being killed by some mysterious growth that had settled on his culture plates. He found that it was the pencillium genus of moulds that generally grows on stale food stuff. He published a paper on it and then forgot all, about.

During the World War II, Howard Florey and Ernest Chain, tow oxford doctors were looking for some more effective treatment for tile healing of war wounds.

They rediscovered Fleming’s report, set to work on it and extracted the essential substance. They named it pecilin, which is undoubtedly the most valuable 20th century contribution to medicine. The two oxford doctors shared with Fleming the noble prize for medicine 1945.

The two oxford doctors shared with Fleming the Nobel Prize for medicine 1945. Fleming and Florey were knighted in 1944. Fleming died in 1955. He is work opened up a vast new field of research; scientists all over the world began to work on all the known moulds.

Dr. S.A. Waksman, a Russian born American doctor discovered streptomycin, for which he was awarded Nobel Prize in 1952.

Many other discoveries are accidental one for example: X-rays are accidental discovered by roentgen, Velcro discovered by George De Mestral and so and so.


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