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Peter Medawar
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    (February 28, 1915-October 2, 1987)
    Born in Petropolis, Brazil
    Studied tissue grafting
    Co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering acquired immune tolerance (1960)
    Director of the National Institute for Medical Research (1962-71)
    Wrote 'The Uniqueness of the Individual' (1957), 'The Future of Man' (1959), 'The Art of the Soluble' (1967), 'The Hope of Progress' (1972), 'The Life of Science' (1977), 'Advice to a Young Scientist' (1979) and 'Memoirs of a Thinking Radish' (1986)
    Knighted (1965)
    Appointed to the Order of Merit (1981)
    He failed the exam to win a scholarship to Oxford.
    He said 'The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a new protein -- it rejects it,' but in realty his innovations in immunology were quickly and widely accepted.
    He was a member of the Eugenics Society who convinced the Oxford University Press to publish the book 'Race' (its theme: blacks are inferior to whites and it's all due to biology) and wrote a blurb for the dust jacket.
    At boarding school, he was the target of anti-semitic bullying. (He was not actually Jewish, but was taken for one because of his Lebanese background.)
    He became interested in skin grafts after a plane crash near his house in which the pilot was severely burned (1941).
    He was married to Jean Taylor for 50 years until his death.
    He continued performing research (albeit on a reduced scale) and writing after suffering several strokes.
    Richard Dawkins called him 'the wittiest of all scientific writers.'

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