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Alexander Fleming
(1881-1955) born on
Aug 06
Scottish bacteriologist. He discovered penicillin "by accident;" shared the Nobel Prize, 1945.
         
   
F
I have been trying to point out that in our lives chance may have an astonishing influence and, if I may offer advice to the young laboratory worker, it would be this - never to neglect an extraordinary appearance or happening.

R
The lone hand has advantages as well as the much-advertised team-work, but each in its own place.
A
It may be - usually is, in fact - a false alarm that leads to nothing, but it may on the other hand be the clue provided by fate to lead you to some important advance.
N
It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject; the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual.
K
A good gulp of hot whisky at bedtime -- it's not very scientific, but it helps.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Lecture at Harvard
R: Presidential Address, Society for General Microbiology, 16 Feb 1945.
A: Lecture at Harvard
N: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
K: When asked about a cure for colds. News summary, 22 Mar 1954
   


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