Written by Debbie Smit Monday, 22 February 2010 09:21
February 16, 1923: Archaeologist Howard Carter opens the sealed doorway to the sepulchral chamber of King Tutankhamen's tomb in Thebes, Egypt.
February 17, 1913: English chemist and physicist Frederick Soddy introduces the term "isotope" from the Greek, meaning "at the same place", to refer to different atoms of the same element in the periodic table. The term was coined by Margaret Todd, a Scottish physician and distant relative of Soddy during a conversation with him.
Written by Debbie Smit Friday, 12 February 2010 15:33
February 12, 1941: Reserve Constable Albert Alexander becomes the first person to be injected with penicillin. Constable Alexander had scratched his face on a rose bush and the wound had become so badly infected that one of eyes had to be removed. Drs Howard Florey, Ernst Chain and Norman Heatley injected Alexander intravenously and he began recovering. He died a month later when treatment had to be discontinued because there was not enough penicillin available.