Scientific Steering Committee

Peter Doherty, Ph.D. (emeritus)

Nobel Laureate
Nobel Laureate, Peter Doherty Institute/University of Melbourne

Peter Doherty, Ph.D., shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for their discoveries about transplantation and “killer” T-cell mediated immunity, an understanding that is currently translating into new cancer treatments. Doherty was the first veterinarian to win a Nobel Prize; he also was Australian of the Year in 1997. Still active in research on many fronts from immunity to influenza, he works at both St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and the Peter Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Apart from his scientific publications that can be found on PubMed, he is the author of several popular science books, including “A Light History of Hot Air,” “The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize,” “Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell us About our Health,” and “Our World and Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

Passionate about promoting an evidence-based view of reality, his most recent book “The Knowledge Wars” is a ‘warts and all’ view of science for non-scientists, especially those who do not like science. The book suggests ways any thoughtful citizen can bypass the oversimplifying propagandists and probe scientific evidence for and against some of the big issues such as climate change and genetically modified foods.