Peter Medawar

Zoologist
1981Fall

Peter Medawar is a Nobel Prize winning British Zoologist who was noted for his quick wit in addition to his contributions to the field of biology. Medawar’s research and study focused on skin grafts where he found a direct correlation between a graft’s successful transplant with how closely related the donated skin is to the recipient’s. In 1953 he found that, by injecting tissue cells from adult mice into developing mice embryos, the younger mice then were able to receive successful skin grafts from the donor mice.  He won the Nobel Prize in 1960, sharing it with theorist Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet, for his “discovery of acquired immunological tolerance.” Medawar realized Burnet’s theory in principle of acquired immunological tolerance, creating what is now known as the foundation for organ and tissue transplantation.

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