Alexander Fleming was Scottish Scientist who is best known for his discovery of penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic. In 1945, he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Here are some of his words of wisdom to ponder today.
“One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.”
“The unprepared mind cannot see the outstretched hand of opportunity.”
“Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.”
“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 the enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual.”
“…when you have acquired knowledge and experience, it is very pleasant to break the rules and to be able to find something nobody has thought of.”
“Never neglect an extraordinary appearance or happening. It maybe a false alarm that leads to nothing, but may on the other hand be the clue provided by fate to lead you to some important advance.”
“For the birth of something new, there has to be a happening. Newton saw an apple fall; James Watt watched a kettle boil; Roentgen fogged some photographic plates. And these people knew enough to translate ordinary happenings into something new.”