Sir Ernst Boris Chain

(1906—1979) biochemist

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German-born British biochemist, who began his research career at Cambridge University in 1933. Two years later he joined Florey at Oxford, where they isolated and purified penicillin. They also developed a method of producing the drug in large quantities and carried out its first clinical trials. The two men shared the 1945 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with penicillin's discoverer, Alexander Fleming.

Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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