He takes his Hons.B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool in 1939.
In 1967, he is appointed professor of biochemistry at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. He investigates how antibodies react with cellular surfaces.
After finishing his Ph.D., he spends one more year at Cambridge doing postdoctoral work, starting to investigate the structure of antibodies. These are proteins used by the body’s immune system to identify and neutralize foreign objects like bacteria and viruses.
Rodney Porter shares the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Gerald Edelman “for their discoveries concerning the chemical structure of antibodies”.
Porter moves to the University of Cambridge and receives his Ph.D. in 1948 for investigating protein chemistry.
He is educated at the Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School.
Rodney Robert Porter is born in Newton-le-Willows, England.
His research is interrupted by World War II. He spends six years in the army, rising to the rank of Major.
He joins St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School at the London University as a professor for immunology. There he continues his work on antibodies and publishes the peptide chain structure of antibodies in 1962.
Then he works for the National Institute for Medical Research for eleven years. There he first works on methods of protein fractionation. Later he returns to the study of the chemical structure of antibodies. Using an enzyme called papain, he splits antibodies into fragments, making them easier to study.
Rodney Porter dies in a car accident near Winchester.