Howard Florey – Miracle Maker
Howard Florey made history.
He discovered how to make and use penicillin, the first natural antibiotic, and so saved millions of lives.
The son of an Adelaide shoe manufacturer, Florey was outstanding as a scholar and sportsman. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford university, where he quickly proved to be a brilliant researcher. In those days, people died from minor diseases, or from infected cuts of wounds. Working against tremendous odds, Florey and his team made penicillin available in time to save huge numbers of soldiers injured in World War II. Florey was knighted and awarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution to medicine.
Kirsty Murray’s spirited biography of ‘the bushranger of research’ reveals Florey the man and Florey the medico, and captures the excitement and adventure of science.
This title is currently out of print but is available in most public and school libraries. Copies can be purchased through second hand booksellers.