- Howard Florey, Baron Florey
name = Howard Florey
imagesize = 180px
caption = PAGENAME
September 24, 1898
Adelaide, South Australia
February 21, 1968
University of Adelaide
Discovery of penicillin
Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine] (1945)
Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey, OM, FRS, (
September 24, 1898– February 21, 1968) was an Australianpharmacologist who shared the Nobel Prizefor Physiologyand Medicinein 1945 with Ernst Boris Chainand Sir Alexander Flemingfor his role in the extraction of penicillin.
Born the youngest of five children in
Adelaide, South Australia, Florey was a brilliant student (and junior sportsman, although he did not excel at maths) who was educated at St Peter's College, Adelaide. He went to study medicine at the University of Adelaidefrom 1917 to 1921. At the university he met Ethel Reed, another medical student who was to become both his wife and his research colleague. A Rhodes Scholar, he continued his studies at Magdalen College, Oxford, receiving the degrees of BSc and MA. In 1926 he was elected to a fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and a year later he received the degree of PhD from Cambridge.
After periods in the
United Statesand at the University of Cambridge, he was appointed to the Joseph Hunter Chair of Pathology at the University of Sheffieldin 1931. In 1935 he returned to Oxford, as Professor of Pathology and Fellow of Lincoln College, leading a team of researchers. In 1938, working with Ernst Boris Chain and Norman Heatley, he read Alexander Fleming's paper discussing the antibacterial effects of " Penicillium notatum" mould. His research team investigated the large-scale production of the mould and efficient extraction of the active ingredient, succeeding to the point where, by 1945, penicillin production was an industrial process for the Allies in World War II. However, Florey held that its discovery came only as scientific merit, and that the medicinal discovery was only a bonus:
He was also openly concerned about the population explosion resulting from improving healthcare, and was a staunch believer in contraception. [ [http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/exhib/journal/as_florey.htm Bright Sparcs - Australasian Science article: Howard Florey ] ]
In 1962, Florey became Provost of
The Queen's College, Oxford. During his term as Provost, the college built a new accommodation block, named the Florey Building in his honour. The building was designed by the British architectSir James Stirling.
knightedin 1944, Florey was made a life peerin 1965 as Baron Florey, of Adelaide in the Commonwealth of Australiaand of Marston in the County of Oxford. This was a higher honour than the knighthood awarded to penicillin's discoverer, Sir Alexander Fleming, and recognised the monumental work Florey did in making penicillin available in sufficient quantities to save millions of lives in the war, despite the doubts of Fleming that this was feasible.
Florey was elected president of the
Royal Societyin 1959. After the death of Ethel, he married his long-time colleague and research assistant Dr. Margaret Jennings in 1967. Florey was Chancellor of The Australian National University1965-68. He died of a heart attack in 1968 and he was honoured with memorial service at Westminster Abbey, London.
Florey is regarded by the Australian scientific and medical community as probably its greatest scientist. Sir Robert Menzies, Australia's longest-serving
Prime Minister, said that 'in terms of world well-being, Florey was the most important man ever born in Australia'.
Florey's portrait appeared on the Australian 50 dollar note for many years, and a suburb in the national capital
Canberrais named after him. The Howard Florey Institute, located at the University of Melbourne, and the largest lecture theatre in the University of Adelaide's medical school are also named after him. In 2006, the federal government of Australia renamed the Australian Student Prize, given to outstanding high-school leavers, to the Lord Florey Student Prize, in recognition of Florey.
* [http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Browse2.tcl&dsqItem=HF&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqKey=RefNo Papers at the Royal Society] .
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Howard Florey — Howard Walter Florey Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston, (24 septembre 1898 21 février 1968) est un pharmacologue, prix Nobel de physiologie ou médecine en 1945 avec Ernst Boris Chain et Sir Alexander Fleming pour son rôle … Wikipédia en Français
Howard Florey — Berliner Gedenktafel in Berlin Moabit (Turmstr. 22) zusammen mit Ernst Boris Chain und Alexander Fleming Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey (* 24. September 1898 in Adelaide, Australien; † … Deutsch Wikipedia
Florey , Howard Walter, Baron Florey of Adelaide — (1898–1968) Australian experimental pathologist Florey was born and educated in Adelaide and graduated in medicine from the university there in 1921. Early in 1922 he arrived in Oxford, on a Rhodes scholarship and studied physiology for two years … Scientists
Florey, Howard Walter, Baron — born Sept. 24, 1898, Adelaide, S.Aus., Austl. died Feb. 21, 1968, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Eng. Australian pathologist. Educated in Britain and the U.S., Florey taught at the University of Oxford from 1935. Investigating tissue inflammation and… … Universalium
Florey, Howard Walter, barón — (24 sep. 1898, Adelaida, Australia Meridional, Australia–21 feb. 1968, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Inglaterra). Patólogo australiano. Educado en Gran Bretaña y EE.UU., fue docente en la Universidad de Oxford desde 1935. En sus investigaciones sobre la… … Enciclopedia Universal
Howard Walter Florey — Berliner Gedenktafel in Berlin Moabit (Turmstr. 22) zusammen mit … Deutsch Wikipedia
Howard — Howard, Ebenezer Howard, Leslie ► Noble familia inglesa del s. X. A ella pertenecen los condes de Norfolk, de Suffolk, de Northampton y de Nottingham. * * * (as used in expressions) Aiken, Howard H(athaway) Armstrong, Edwin H(oward) Bearden,… … Enciclopedia Universal
Florey — Howard Walter, Baron Florey of Adelaide … Scientists
Florey — /ˈflɔri/ (say flawree) noun Howard Walter (Baron of Adelaide and Marston), 1898–1968, Australian scientist; shared the 1945 Nobel prize for physiology and medicine (with Fleming and Chain) for discovery of penicillin. Howard Florey was born in… … Australian English dictionary
baron — /bar euhn/, n. 1. a member of the lowest grade of nobility. 2. (in Britain) a. a feudal vassal holding his lands under a direct grant from the king. b. a direct descendant of such a vassal or his equal in the nobility. c. a member of the House of … Universalium