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In Memoriam Peter Medawar

Editor's note: On October 2, 1987, the British immunologist Sir Peter Medawar died at a London hospital following a stroke. Among other achievements, Sir Peter shared the 1960 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine with Sir Macfarlane Burnet for their joint work on the theory of acquired immunological tolerance. The work led to tremendous advances in liver, heart and kidney transplants. He was also a noted author and philosopher of science (see THE SCIENTIST, November 17, 1986, p. 23, for a re

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Editor's note: On October 2, 1987, the British immunologist Sir Peter Medawar died at a London hospital following a stroke. Among other achievements, Sir Peter shared the 1960 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine with Sir Macfarlane Burnet for their joint work on the theory of acquired immunological tolerance. The work led to tremendous advances in liver, heart and kidney transplants. He was also a noted author and philosopher of science (see THE SCIENTIST, November 17, 1986, p. 23, for a review of his autobiography, Memoir of a Thinking Radish) On October 19, 1987 his widow, Lady Jean Medawar, was joined by Lewis Thomas, Robert A. Good, Rupert Billingham, Edward A. Boyse and H. Sherwood Lawrence in a memorial service for Sir Peter at New York University School of Medicine. Here are abridged versions of their remarks.

Peter Medawar possessed more friends, all round the world, than anyone I’ve ever...

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