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Sir Edward Penley Abraham CBE. 10 June 1913 — 9 May 1999

David S. Jones, John H. Jones


Edward Penley Abraham (Ted Abraham to intimate friends and family, EPA to his students), was a pioneer in antibiotics who made critical contributions to the purification and structural elucidation of penicillin as a young man in wartime, and led the discovery and development of cephalosporin C in his maturity. A kindly, modest and self-effacing private man, he could have amassed great wealth out of cephalosporin patents, but instead chose the path of philanthropy. He established substantial charitable funds in his lifetime for the benefit of medicine and allied subjects, the Royal Society, King Edward VI School, Southampton, and the University of Oxford, especially the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology and Lincoln College.

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