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About this work


In this series of tales of 'ordinary people', Ruth Evans profiles the life of Dr Norman Heatley who was involved in the development of penicillin. Although Alexander Fleming won the Nobel prize for the discovery, he was not responsible for translating the discovery into a pharmaceutical reality. Heatley is quite frail and his wife, Mercy, recalls many of the key hit-and-miss moments in the development of penicillin. Heatley and Florey went to America courtesy of the Rockefeller Foundation to solicit commercial funding to produce penicillin in industrial quantities. The insertion of clips from America makes this production particularly interesting.


London : BBC Radio 4, 2003.

Physical description

1 sound recording (27 min.)


Broadcast on 4 September, 2003
Norman George Heatley, 1911-2004, was a biochemist and biologist directly involved in the development of penicillin.

Creator/production credits

Produced and presented by Ruth Evans.

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BBC Radio



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