He was educated at King Edward VII School, Johannesburg, and at Witwatersrand and London universities. Although of service age, he did not serve in World War II. His son, Roger Cohen, is a columnist for The New York Times and International Herald Tribune.
- EMS, UK, 1944–45
- Lecturer, Department of Physiology, Witwatersrand University, 1947–53
- Scientific Staff, National Institute for Medical Research, London, 1954–60
- Reader, Department of Immunology, St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, 1960–65
- Professor of Chemical Pathology, Guy's Hospital Medical School, 1965-86.
Other positions held
He was a member of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and chairman of its Tropical Medicine Research Board, 1974-76. He was the chairman of the World Health Organization Scientific Group on Immunity to Malaria, 1976–81, and a member of the WHO expert advisory panel on malaria, 1977-89. He helped to found the Royal College of Pathologists in 1964. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society and appointed a CBE in 1978. He was on the Council of the Royal Society, 1981–83, and the Royal Society Assessor on the MRC, 1982-84.
He died in July 2017 at the age of 95.
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