Peter Doherty shared (with colleague RM Zinkernagel) the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize for discovering the Nature of the Cellular Immune Defense. Based at the University of Melbourne, he continues to be involved in research directed at understanding and preventing the severe consequences of influenza virus infection. In addition, he goes to bat for evidence-based reality, relating to areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger, environmental degradation and anthropogenic climate change. In an effort to communicate more broadly, he has written for popular magazine and news formats, helped start the (now global) academic blog The Conversation, engages via broadcast and social media, and has published 6 “lay” books on science and the scientific life.
Dr. Doherty is Emeritus Faculty at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, where he serves as the Michael F. Tamer Chair of Biomedical Research.