Alexander Fleming’s first microscope

This 'Carl Zeiss' microscope was the first used by Alexander Fleming as a medical student. “Fleming obviously treasured the microscope he used as a student and kept it for many years until he gave it to one of his own students”1. Then “the microscope was donated to the Department of Bacteriology at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in 1978 and subsequently transferred to the Alexander Fleming laboratory Museum in 1993”2, where it is now displayed.

  • Photo by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (July 2011), courtesy of Kevin Brown, on behalf of the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum.

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