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

A graduate of the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize for his immunology research and was the 1997 Australian of the Year.

Since then, he has gone in to bat for evidence-based reality, relating to areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger and anthropogenic climate change. So far, he has published six books on science including The Incidental Tourist and his latest, An Insider's Plague Year.

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