Peter Medawar

(Sir Peter Brian Medawar)

Peter Medawar
Peter Medawar
  • Born: February 28, 1915
  • Died: October 2, 1987
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Profession: Scientist









Sir Peter Brian Medawar OM CBE FRS was a British biologist born in Brazil, whose work on graft rejection and the discovery of acquired immune tolerance was fundamental to the practice of tissue and organ transplants. For his works in immunology he is regarded as the "father of transplantation". He is remembered for his wit in real life and popular writings. Famous zoologists such as Richard Dawkins referred to him as "the wittiest of all scientific writers", and Stephen Jay Gould as "the cleverest man I have ever known".

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A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader. Leaders & Leadership
It is the great glory as well as the great threat of science that everything which is in principle possible can be done if the intention to do it is sufficiently resolute. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The attempt to discover and promulgate the truth is nevertheless an obligation upon all scientists, one that must be persevered in no matter what the rebuffs—for otherwise what is the point in being a scientist? Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. I suppose we all realize the degree to which fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We cannot point to a single definitive solution of any one of the problems that confront us — political, economic, social or moral, that is, having to do with the conduct of life. We are still beginners, and for that reason may hope to improve. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We wring our hands over the miscarriages of technology and take its benefactions for granted Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not.
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. Society