Peter C. Doherty

(Peter Charles Doherty)

Peter C. Doherty
Peter C. Doherty
  • Born: October 15, 1940
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Profession: Scientist

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Peter Charles Doherty, FRS AC FMedSci is an Australian veterinary surgeon and researcher in the field of medicine. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1995, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with Rolf M. Zinkernagel in 1996 and was named Australian of the Year in 1997. In the Australia Day Honours of 1997, he was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his work with Zinkernagel. He is also a National Trust Australian Living Treasure. In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, Doherty's immune system research was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for its role as an iconic "innovation and invention".

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I share Alfred Nobel's conviction that war is the greatest of all human disasters. Infectious disease runs a good second. War & Peace
Many key concepts concerning the nature of immunity have originated from the very practical need to control virus infections. Nature
My characteristics as a scientist stem from a non-conformist upbringing, a sense of being something of an outsider, and looking for different perceptions in everything from novels, to art to experimental results. I like complexity and am delighted by the unexpected. Ideas interest me. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My mother was a very talented pianist, and she was a music teacher who hated to teach music, actually, but she loved to play, so I was brought up with Chopin, Debussy and Mozart. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Music, Chants & Rapps
The need to deal with pathogens has driven the evolution of the vertebrate immune system, so it should not be surprising that experiments with infectious agents have often illuminated key elements of the underlying mechanisms.
The thing I love about science is finding out something new and different. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The two things that I miss most when living out of Australia are the bush and the Pacific coast, especially fishing in the surf at night!
There are too few people working in the area of viral pathogenesis and immunity, too little funding, too many problems, and too little time. Time
This year, 1996, has been designated the 'Year of the Vaccine,' commemorating the 200th anniversary of Edward Jenner's vaccination of James Phipps with cowpox virus and subsequent challenge with smallpox virus. Insight into the nature of viruses, and how viruses interact with mammalian cells, has evolved since the turn of the century. Nature