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Artistic tribute to leading scientist

Published: Wednesday 5th of November 2008

One of the pioneers of medical science, Alexander Fleming, is being honoured in a new book from an unexpected source.

What If They Never Existed? is a book of paintings by Professor Nicola Sasanelli, the Italian embassy's science attache to Australia.

As a remedy for the stress of his professional life Professor Sasanelli began a series of elegant oil painting, each expressing a famous scientist's life and work.

The artist cites each figure's hunger for discovery as the inspiration behind each work.

"I hope my paintings will remind people of the importance of research activity and co-operation between scientists beyond borders and across cultures," he said.

The proceeds of the book are to go towards scientific scholarships in both Italy and Australia.

Alexander Fleming was a Scottish biologist and is credited with developing penicillin, an antibiotic now widely used to treat a range of illnesses, for which he became a Nobel laureate.

Visitors to London's Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum, which celebrates the life and work of this influential man, can enjoy free entry with their LondonPass.

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