The Modern School of Athens
Created on January 24, 2024
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Alexander Fleming was a Scottish bacteriologist known for his discovery of penicillin, the world’s first broadly effective antibiotic substance. This was an extremely important achievement in medicine and saved millions of lives, especially those of soldiers during World War II with infections that would have been fatal. Fleming earned the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 for his valuable contributions.
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Albert Einstein was a German-born physicist who developed the theory of relativity and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the photoelectric effect in 1921. His important contributions to the field of quantum mechanics laid the foundation for modern physics and his discoveries revolutionized our understanding of the universe.
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Mother Teresa, also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Catholic nun and the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to the poor. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her passionate humanitarian work and unwavering commitment to serving the poor and sick.
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