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Rodney R. Porter

Rodney R. PorterAKA Rodney Robert Porter

Born: 8-Oct-1917
Birthplace: Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England
Died: 6-Sep-1985
Location of death: near Winchester, Hampshire, England
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Chemical structure of antibodies

Military service: British Army (1940-46, Maj.)

British biochemist Rodney R. Porter was originally inspired by Karl Landsteiner's The Specificity of Serological Reactions, and he studied under Nobel laureate Frederick Sanger. His education was interrupted by World War II, in which Porter spent six years with the British Army, serving in Austria, Crete, Greece, and Italy, and rising to the rank of Major. His scientific career was focused on studying the immune response, and he was awarded the 1972 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, for his research into the chemical structure of antibodies. Porter's Nobel honors were shared with Gerald M. Edelman, who pursued similar research independently.

Father: Joseph L. Porter (railroad clerk)
Mother: Isobel Reese Porter
Wife: Julia Frances New Porter (m. 1948)
Son: Nigel Porter
Son: Tim Porter
Daughter: Susan Porter
Daughter: Ruth Porter
Daughter: Helen Porter

    High School: Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School, Ashton-in-Makerfield, England (1935)
    University: BS Biochemistry, University of Liverpool (1939)
    University: PhD Biochemistry, Cambridge University (1948)
    Scholar: Cambridge University (1948-49)
    Scholar: National Institute for Medical Research (1949-60)
    Professor: Immunology, University of London (1960-67)
    Professor: Biochemistry, Oxford University (1967-85)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1972 (with Gerald M. Edelman)
    National Academy of Sciences
    Royal Society


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