28th September 1928 – Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin

When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I guess that was exactly what I did.

Alexander Fleming – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The important point to notice here is the fact that the discovery was accidental.

This case is a classic example of serendipity – “finding something when looking for something else, thanks to an observant mind“.

New discoveries do not always happen because of forward planning. Something people controlling science research budgets need to be aware of.

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