Peter Alfred Gorer

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Peter Alfred Gorer FRS[1] (14 April 1907 (London)–1961) was a British immunologist, pathologist and geneticist who pioneered the field of transplant immunology.

Peter Gorer was born in London to Edgar (drowned in the Lusitania sinking) and Rachel née Cohen Gorer.[1] He died of lung cancer in 1961.

Education and work institutions[edit]

He was educated at Charterhouse. He graduated from Guy's Hospital, London in 1929 and then studied genetics under J.B.S. Haldane at University College, London.[2] From 1933 to 1940 Gorer worked at the Lister Institute before returning to Guy's Hospital to work as a pathologist.


Gorer is credited with the co-discovery of histocompatibility antigens and the elucidation of their genetic regulation. Together with George Snell, he helped discover the murine histocompatibility 2 locus, or H-2, which is analogous to the human leukocyte antigen.[3][4] Gorer also identified antigen II and determined its role in transplant tissue rejection.[3][4]


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  1. ^ a b c Medawar, P. B. (1961). "Peter Alfred Gorer. 1907-1961". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 7: 95–26. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1961.0008. 
  2. ^ "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/33475. 
  3. ^ a b Cruse, J.M.; R.E. Lewis (2002). Illustrated Dictionary of Immunology. London: CRC Press. p. 259. ISBN 0-8493-1935-8. 
  4. ^ a b Tauber, A.I.; S.H. Podolsky (2000). The Generation of Diversity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-674-00182-6.