He held a military post in Singapore during World War II that resulted in being held as a POW for more than three years. Returned to England after the war he studied under Alexander Fleming, the man who discovered penicillin. He became an allergist and developed a pollen count system to help people understand what triggered their allergic reactions. In 1948, Frankland was instrumental in the creation of the British Association of Allergists.
Dr. A. William Frankland
Since he turned 100, he has written several articles for publication. He’s writing a paper now about how penicillin was discovered, based on his time with Fleming. He has an excellent memory. He even says he remembers his third birthday. In 1953, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, Frankland popularized the pollen count, now used worldwide to help doctors and patients understand allergy triggers. It was a very important thing. “I’m too old to go on runs and keep fit in that sort of way. But I certainly keep my brain going all the time. And I read a lot of scientific journals and things which come to me monthly, and some , even the British Medical Journal, once a week,” Dr. Frankland declared. n 2015, at the age of 103, Frankland received the Order of the British Empire for his significant contributions to the field of allergy research.