Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston, 1898-1968

  title={Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston, 1898-1968},
  author={Edward P. Abraham},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={255 - 302}
  • E. Abraham
  • Published 1 November 1971
  • History
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Howard Walter Florey, who died suddenly in Oxford on 21 February 1968 was the fiftieth President of the Royal Society and the tenth representative of medicine in this office. At a dinner given for him in Oxford in 1966 he remarked that he had never expected to be President. He took up the position with diffidence. But his Presidency turned out to be an eventful one in which things were done that had scarcely seemed possible before. Early life in Australia Florey was born in Adelaide on 24… 
The Florey Lecture, 1982 Discovery: accident or design?
  • A. Huxley
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences
  • 1982
The lecturer reviews the extent to which his own experiments on muscle have followed the course intended when they were planned, and investigates the formation of ‘contraction bands’, repeatedly observed in the 19th century but neglected more recently.
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Representing science in a divided world : the Royal Society and Cold War Britain
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  • R. Porter
  • Biology, Psychology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences
  • 1987
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  • Chemistry
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  • 2007
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Penicillin and cephalosporin production: A historical perspective
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The Florey Lecture, 1992. The secretion of proteins by cells
  • H. Pelham
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 1992
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Appendix C, Bibliography
  • R. V. Jones, R. Jones
  • History
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1975
The following bibliograhy is a personal collection, from which there are regretted omissions such as some highly relevant lectures by Lord Bowden, Sir Robert Cockburn and others.
Development of the semi-synthetic penicillins and cephalosporins.
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  • J. Jones
  • Mathematics
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  • 2008
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