The Norman Heatley Lecture 2016: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Systemic Administration of Penicillin

 (All photos - Fisher Studios

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first use of penicillin in Oxford, Professor Jeremy Farrar, the Director of the Wellcome Trust, gave the annual Norman Heatley Lecture in the beautifully restored Weston Library on Tuesday 1st November 2016. The lecture was followed by a drinks reception, then later that evening dinner at Exeter College. 

Norman Heatley was a key member of the team who did the pioneering research on penicillin which turned it from an interesting microbiological observation into a life-saving miracle drug. The work at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology was led by Florey, and is widely recognised as one of the major medical advances of the last century. The introduction of penicillin heralded the start of the antibiotic era, which is now threatened by the rise of antimicrobial resistance.