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Mass Production of Penicillin

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

 
 
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By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
1. Mass Production of Penicillin Marker
Inscription. During World War II countless lives were saved through the use of the antibiotic penicillin, a natural product of a mold. However, the drug became widely available only after a method was developed to mass-produce it from a selected and genetically altered strain of the mold. University of Wisconsin bacteriologist Kenneth B. Raper isolated a productive organism, botanist John F. Stauffer genetically modified it, and biochemists William H. Peterson and Marvin Johnson developed submerged fermentation techniques to produce penicillin in quantity. The early wholesale cost of 100,000 units dropped from twenty dollars to three cents by the end of the war.
 
Erected 2001 by UW Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the University of Wisconsin marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.519′ N, 89° 24.744′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Linden Drive and Babcock Drive, on the left when traveling east on Linden Drive. Touch for map. The marker is on the northeast corner of that intersection in front of the Microbial Sciences Building on the University of Wisconsin campus. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1550 Linden Drive, Madison WI 53706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Mass Production of Penicillin Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
2. Mass Production of Penicillin Marker
With the Microbial Sciences Building in the background
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Genetically Superior Crops (a few steps from this marker); The Land Ethic (within shouting distance of this marker); First Reliable Test of Milk Quality (within shouting distance of this marker); Disease-Resistant Plants (within shouting distance of this marker); Vitamin D Production Ends Rickets (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (about 500 feet away); Discovery of Vitamins A and B (about 600 feet away); Forging Agrarian Democracy (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyEducationNotable PersonsScience & MedicineWar, World II
 
Agricultural Hall image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 25, 2010
3. Agricultural Hall
According to the UW web site, "Built in 1902, Agricultural Hall was designed as the administrative and research home of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The building remains almost entirely unmodified and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985."
Hall of Agriculture, Library and Auditorium image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
4. Hall of Agriculture, Library and Auditorium
The back entrance to Agricultural Hall
Detail on Agricultural Hall image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
5. Detail on Agricultural Hall
Symbol of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,006 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 3, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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