Sir Peter Brian Medawar (28 February 1915 – 2 October 1987) was a Brazilian/British biologist, whose work on graft rejection and the discovery of acquired immune tolerance was fundamental to the practice of tissue and organ transplants. He was awarded the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet.

Until he was partially disabled by a cerebral infarction, Medawar was Director of the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill.

Medawar was born on 28 February 1915, in Petrópolis, Brazil (a town 40 miles north of Rio de Janeiro) of a British mother (née Edith Muriel Dowling) and a Lebanese father, Nicholas Medawar, who was a Maronite Catholic. Medawar left Brazil for England in 1928, and lived there for the rest of his life.

Medawar was educated at Marlborough College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he eventually became a Fellow.


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Peter Brian Medawar Quotes

Considered in its entirety, psychoanalysis won't do. It's an end product, moreover, like a dinosaur or a zeppelin; no better theory can ever be erected on its ruins, which will remain for ever one of the saddest and strangest of all landmarks in the history of twentieth-century thought.
Peter B. Medawar (1915-1987), British immunologist. "Further Comments on Psychoanalysis," The Hope of Progress (1972).
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.... Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood.
Peter B. Medawar (1915-1987), British immunologist. "On 'The Effecting of All Things Possible'," Pluto's Republic (1982).
If politics is the art of the possible, research is surely the art of the soluble. Both are immensely practical-minded affairs.
Peter B. Medawar (1915-1987), British immunologist. The Art of the Soluble (1967). The Act of Creation, first published in New Statesman (London, June 19, 1964).

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