Australian Winners of the Nobel Prize

English: Dr. John Robin Warren AC (born 11 Jun...

English: Dr. John Robin Warren AC (born 11 June 1937 in Adelaide) is an Australian pathologist, Nobel Laureate and researcher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ten Nobel Prizes have been awarded to Australians: nine for science or medicine and one for literature:

William and Lawrence Bragg in Physics in 1915 for analysis of crystal structure by X’rays.

Howard Florey in Medicine in 1945 for developing penicillin, the first antibiotic.

 Sir MacFarlane Burnet in Medicine in 1960 for the discovery of acquired immunological tolerance.

 Sir John Carew Eccles in Medicine in 1963 for the discovery of the chemical nature of nerve synaptic transmission.

 Patrick White in Literature in 1973 for epic and psychological narrative art.

 Sir John Warcup Comforth in Chemistry in 1975, for stereo-chemistry of enzyme-catalysed reactions, and the biosynthesis of cholesterol from acetic acid

 Professor Peter Doherty in Medicine in 1996 for work in cell mediated immunity. He showed how killer T cells recognize and destroy viruses.

 Professor Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren in Medicine in 2005 for the discovery

of the causative agent of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease, the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.

 Elizabeth Blackburn in Medicine in 2009 for showing how chromosomes and the genome are protected from damaged by telomere sequences at the end of chromosomes, and by the enzyme telomerase.

 Brian Schmidt in Physics in 2011 for discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe.

Two other Australians have won Nobel Prizes but conducted their work overseas, Alesksandr Prokhorov, and Bernard Katz.

We can be justly proud of the standard of Australian scholarship and research, and of the men and women who achieved so much. I have added a photograph of Dr Robin Warren an Adelaide medical graduate who was in my year.

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