Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Max D. Cooper

Max Cooper, Ph.D.

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    31 August 1933

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2018 Japan Prize


1966 The Founder’s Award of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
1990 Sandoz Prize for Immunology
1990 3M Life Sciences Award
1994 American College of Physicians Science Award
2000 AAI Lifetime Achievement Award
2006 AAI-Dana Foundation Award for Human Immunology Research
2008 Avery-Landsteiner Prize
2008 Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
2010 Robert Koch Prize
2012 AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award


1953 Pre-Medicine undergraduate, University of Mississippi
1955 University of Mississippi Medical School
1957 M.D., Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans
1958-1960 Residency in Pediatrics, Tulane University
1961-1962 Allergy and Immunology Fellow, University of California at San Francisco
1962-1963 Instructor in Pediatrics, Tulane University

Work Career

1963-1966 Medical Fellow Specialist/Instructor, University of Minnesota
(Robert Good’s laboratory)
1966 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
1967-2008 Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1973-1974 Visiting Scientist, University College London
1984-1985 Visiting Scientist, Institut D’Embryologie, Nogent-Sur-Marne & Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
1987-2008 Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1988-1989 President, American Association of Immunologists
1988-2006 Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2008- Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine


  • Emory University School of Medicine

Publications, Thesis

  • Max D. Cooper, Raymond D. A. Peterson and Robert A. Good, Delineation of the Thymic and Bursa Lymphoid Systems in the Chicken, Nature Vol. 205 pp.143-146, 1965
  • Max D. Cooper, Raymond D. A. Peterson, Mary Ann South and Robert A. Good, The Functions of the Thymus System and the Bursa System in the Chicken, The Journal of Experimental Medicine Vol. 123 pp.75-102, 1966
  • Max D. Cooper, The early history of B cells, Nature Reviews Immunology Vol. 15 pp.191-197, 2015
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