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'yorz
839035.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:13 am Reply with quote

That must have been a lucky shot indeed.

 
CB27
839057.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:15 am Reply with quote

Wasn't this covered in one of the shows, I seem to recall it included artifical sweetener and volcanisation.

 
Jenny
839075.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:33 am Reply with quote

I certainly remember the artificial sweetener one - came about, IIRC, because German chemists used to be in the habit of tasting their preparations.

 
Posital
839110.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:47 am Reply with quote

LSD - not pounds shillings and pence... bit of an interesting bike ride home...

 
Zebra57
839237.  Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:54 am Reply with quote

penicillin was found by pure chance in a lab

 
samivel
839244.  Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:27 pm Reply with quote

Well, luck certainly played a part, but Fleming was looking for something along the lines of penicillin at the time; it wasn't as if it was a total fluke.

 
Zebra57
839310.  Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:16 pm Reply with quote

I take your point samivel. Post-it notes were 3M's Art Fry's invention using an weak adhesive developed by a colleague, Spencer Silver who was trying to develop a strong glue. It is therefore like Fleming's discovery as it was in a similar area of research.

Other "accidental finds" included Bakelite, Synthetic Dye (I think that the scientist was looking for a cure for malaria) and Heart Pacemakers.

 

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