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Peter Doherty interviewed by Peter Pockley for the Australians of the year oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2606161
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Doherty, P. C. (Peter C.), Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2001 
6 sound discs (ca. 313 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. 
Series

Australians of the year oral history project.

Summary

Peter Doherty talks about his parents; his family upbringing in Brisbane, Qld.; religion; his schooling and education; his interests outside science; studying veterinary science at university; his career as a vet; his marriage; Edinburgh, UK; immunology research at John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU; Rolf Zinkernagel; their breakthrough in immunological research; Wistar Institute, Philadelphia; his thoughts on American research universities; his thoughts on Australian universities; the roles of scientists, educators, politicians and media in informing the public; St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis; award of the Nobel Prize; commercialisation of immunology research; communication and media skills; genomics; ethics; academic freedom; AIDS research; the importance of food production research; the necessity for better communication by scientists and education of children in science; his reasons for returning to Australia; future research projects.

Biography/History

Professor Peter Charles Doherty, a Companion of the Order of Australia, Fellow of the Royal Society of London, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Nobel Laureate. Professor Doherty, Queensland's first Nobel Laureate, is Head of the Department of Immunology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee USA. After studies overseas he returned to Australia for post doctoral work at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra where he performed in 1973, with his colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, the crucial research which opened up a whole new area of immunology by explaining how the cellular immune system fights viral infection. For their outstanding clinical science finding, regarded as one of the most profound discoveries in immunology of the last 50 years, with considerable benefits for mankind, they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 1996.

Notes

Transcript is for 2001 interviews only.

Recorded on Aug. 8-9, 2001 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T. and Aug. 29, 2005 in Sydney, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 185 leaves). 
Subjects Doherty, P. C. (Peter C.) -- Interviews.  |  John Curtin School of Medical Research.  |  Nobel Prize winners -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Immunologists -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra -- Interviews.  |  Immunology -- Research -- Australia.
Occupation Immunologists.
Other authors/contributors Pockley, Peter, 1935-2013, Interviewer

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