Lady Amalia Fleming, Greek bacteriologist, 1959.
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Lady Amalia Fleming (1909-1986), taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper in 1959. Lady Fleming, wife of Profesor Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), is sitting at her husband's desk in the laboratory where he discovered penicillin. Born Amalia Coutsouris she studied medicine at the University of Athens, specialising in bacteriology. Part of the anti-Nazi resistance during World War II she left Greece and her first husband in 1946 for London. Here she worked with Profesor Fleming at the Wright-Fleming Institute, St Mary's Hospital, London, before returning to Greece in 1951. They married in 1953.