Peter Doherty and his wife moves to Edinburgh in spring of 1967. At first Doherty works on sheep scrapie, but later turns on the tickborne flavivirus. He earns his PhD in 1970 and leaves Scotland with his family in winter of 1971.

Peter Doherty visits the Indooroopilly State High School, where he skips a grade and graduates at the age of 17. Doherty prefers physics and chemistry, but also literature, history and philosophy.

Peter Charles Doherty is born to his parents Eric and Linda as one of two sons in Brisbane, Queensland.

After his graduation Peter Doherty is send to Melbourne to study microbiology by the Department of Agriculture and Stock. From Melbourne he visits the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) in Canberra.

Peter Doherty and the microbiologist Penny Stephens get married in 1965. They have two sons, James and Michael.

Peter Doherty along with Rolf Zinkernagel is awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell mediated immune defense.

Peter Doherty returns to Canberra to be the Head of the Department of Experimental Pathology at JCSMR in 1982.

Peter Doherty earns his Master's degree in veterinary science in 1966. During this time he gets a scholarship from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock. There he conducts research on bacterial infections of cattle and pigs.

When he´s just 17 years old Peter Doherty starts studying veterinary science at the University of Queensland and graduates there in 1962.

Peter Doherty becomes the chairman of St. Jude Children´s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in 1988. Professor Doherty works three months of the years in Memphis and the other nine months in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne.

Peter Doherty and his Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel discovers how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells and how they were destroyed by T cells.

Returning to JCSMR in Canberra Peter Doherty spends time with the pathogenesis of Semliki Forest virus infection in the mouse and the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus.

Peter Doherty moves to Philadelphia in 1975, where he joins the Immunology Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania. He does researches on influenza, rabies and multiple sclerosis.