Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

1997 Australian of the Year |
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine

Biogragrahy:

DOB:
15 / Oct / 1940
From:
Queensland

Starting out as a young veterinary scientist investigating infectious diseases of domestic animals, the 1973 discovery that led to the Nobel Prize caused him to switch his interests to basic biomedical research. His long-term focus is on the cellular immune response in virus infections, a theme that he continues to pursue for influenza in programs at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis. Following the Nobel in 1996, his experiences while Australian of the Year in 1997 led him into the area of science communication which, after realizing the limitations of trying to interact with the broader community via the print and broadcast media, caused him to embark on a part-time career as an author, so far in the non-fiction area.