Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

Professor Peter Doherty reflects on how he came to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 and how he came to science. He discusses how faith and science can co-exist, how “fiction is the most honest form of writing” and how science of conscience can save the world.

As part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, this panel was the first of our Matter of Life and Death sessions.


Portrait of Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the nature of cellular immune defence, and continues to be involved in research directed at understanding and preventing the severe consequences of influenza virus infection. He was Australian of the Year in 1997, and has since been commuting between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne.

He is a huge advocate for evidence-based reality in areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger and anthropogenic climate change. In an effort to communicate more broadly, he has published four books for general readers. The Knowledge Wars is the latest.

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