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#1 Gustav Nossal on all things considered

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Gustav Nossal is famous for his contributions to the fields of antibody formation and immunological tolerance. He's the former Chairman of the committee overseeing the World Health Organization's Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals programme. This year, he's 89 years old.

In this episode of The Leap Year, Gustav shares his insight on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, the possibilities of science for good – and a window into his personal life during the long days of lockdown. 

Who?

Portrait of Gustav Nossal

Gustav Nossal

Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE is one of Australia’s most celebrated science and medical research leaders.

An eminent immunologist and biologist, Sir Gustav is a former director of Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (1965–96), where he now serves as Patron. He has been an energetic warrior for global health, including long-standing service to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sir Gustav’s numerous awards, in addition to scientific honours, include a knighthood for his pioneering work in immunology (1977), a Companion of the Order of Australia (1989) and Australian of the Year (2000). He was named as one of Australia’s 100 Living National Treasures.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

The Leap Year

The Leap Year is a podcast about the stretching, shrinking days of 2020, and the impact Covid-19 has had on Australians’ lives, presented by Sally Warhaft.