Ada Lovelace day: our tribute to Ethel Florey

Penicillin mould from Florey's lab. Collection: Powerhouse Museum
Penicillin mould from Florey's lab. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

Our nomination of scientist for this year’s Ada Lovelace Day is Ethel Florey. You are more likely to have heard of her Nobel Prize winning husband Howard, but Ethel was also part of the team that established the antibiotic qualities of penicillin and worked out how to produce it in medical quantities. The Museum has Loves Lace)

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3 responses to “Ada Lovelace day: our tribute to Ethel Florey

  • Good choice of subject for Ada Lovelace Day! Ethel Florey spent long hours supervising the first clinical trials of penicillin, observing the patients, and cycling between hospitals collecting urine from the patients so the precious penicillin they excreted could be recovered and re-used. She was also the first person to note bacterial resistance to the antibiotic. A photo of Ethel, and more details about her life, can be found here: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47221148

  • Good choice of subject for Ada Lovelace Day! Ethel Florey spent long hours supervising the first clinical trials of penicillin, observing the patients, and cycling between hospitals collecting urine from the patients so the precious penicillin they excreted could be recovered and re-used. She was also the first person to note bacterial resistance to the antibiotic. A photo of Ethel, and more details about her life, can be found here: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47221148

  • Good choice of subject for Ada Lovelace Day! Ethel Florey spent long hours supervising the first clinical trials of penicillin, observing the patients, and cycling between hospitals collecting urine from the patients so the precious penicillin they excreted could be recovered and re-used. She was also the first person to note bacterial resistance to the antibiotic. A photo of Ethel, and more details about her life, can be found here: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47221148

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