Moyer, Andrew Jackson

Moyer, Andrew Jackson

(1899–1959) microbiologist, inventor; born in Star City, Ind. Working for the U.S. Agriculture Department laboratory, he developed techniques for the large-scale production of penicillin that are credited with saving thousands of lives during World War II. His discoveries, particularly the use of corn steep liquor, were essential for the development of all other antibiotic fermentation processes.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.