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Peter C. Doherty

Born: 15-Oct-1940
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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

Nationality: Australia
Executive summary: T-cells and antigens

Trained as a veterinary surgeon, Peter C. Doherty won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1996, sharing the award with Rolf M. Zinkernagel, for their explanation how T cells recognize target antigens. In his post-Nobel work, Doherty has studied viruses that cause cancer and Epstein-Barr disease. His portrait has appeared on a 45 postage stamp in his native Australia.

Father: Eric Doherty (telephone executive, d. 1961)
Mother: Linda Byford Doherty (piano teacher)
Brother: Ian Doherty
Wife: Penny Stephens (microbiologist, m. 1965)
Son: James
Son: Michael

    High School: Indooroopilly State High School, Queensland, Australia
    University: BS Veterinary Medicine, University of Queensland (1962)
    Scholar: Virology, Australian National University (1965)
    University: MS Veterinary Medicine, University of Queensland (1966)
    University: PhD, University of Edinburgh (1970)
    Scholar: Immunology, Australian National University (1970-75)
    Scholar: Immunology, University of Pennsylvania (1975-82)
    Professor: Experimental Pathology, Australian National University (1982-88)
    Professor: Immunology, University of Tennessee (1988-)

    Lasker Award 1995
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1996 (with Rolf M. Zinkernagel)
    English Ancestry
    Irish Ancestry

Author of books:
The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize (2005)

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