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 penicillin mould samples from Florey’s lab in the collection.
Ethel’s medical career was interrupted to raise her children. She also struggled with deafness and ill health. But she had an active professional life and published a number of books with her husband, and on her own, on the clinical application of antibiotics.
(Coincidentally the Museum loves Lovelace, and also Loves Lace)