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Ian Frazer:
The man who saved a million lives


When Professor Ian Frazer was awarded the patent for the vaccine to cervical cancer, he knew it could help to save the lives of 275, 000 women around the world each year.

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Respected across the globe, few people know the real story of the Scottish-born Australian of the Year who is behind one of the great medical discoveries of the century. Given exclusive access to Ian Frazer, biographer and award-winning journalist Madonna King peels back the many layers of his extraordinary life. She tells of the ongoing struggle for funding cancer research, the herculean international legal battle waged to win the patent, the devastating loss of his friend and co researcher, Dr Jian Zhou, and Ian Frazer’s ongoing commitment to have the vaccine made available in the developing world.

Ian Frazer: The man who saved a million lives is an unforgettable story of perseverance and aspiration. And he isn’t finished yet, with research underway for another historic medical breakthrough.

Madonna King

Madonna King

Madonna King’s work as a journalist, author and speaker spans politics, business and social policy. She has chaired panels around Australia, written 12 books and advises corporations and governments on understanding teenage girls, the subject of her most recent books, Being 14 (2017), Fathers and Daughters (2018) and Ten-Ager (2021). She is also the co-author of Greater Springfield: Australia’s newest city (2018) and The Governors of Modern Queensland.