Professor Roberts-Thomson graduated MB BS from the University of Adelaide in 1971. Following his intern year, Peter spent a year in general practice in Western Australia and Northern Territory. The next four years were spent at Oxford University pursuing research into the immune mechanisms in rheumatic and inflammatory disorders. Returning to the Flinders Medical Centre, Peter then completed his conjoint diploma in Immunology and Immunopathology. The award of a Fulbright scholarship in 1979 took him to Dallas, Texas to study Rheumatology in the Department of the doyen of American Rheumatology Professor M Ziff.
In 1980, Peter was appointed Staff Specialist in Immunology at Flinders Medical Centre and three years later, Head of Rheumatology. In 1999, he became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Immunology, Allergy & Arthritis (following Professor J Bradley's retirement) and in 2008, Peter was appointed Clinical Director of the Immunology Directorate of SA Pathology. In 2013, Peter retired from full-time work and was awarded Emeritus Professor Status with Flinders University.
He is the author or co-author of over 220 research publications and four books. His current hobbies include bushwalking, collecting old books (particularly on early Tasmania) and being entertained by his 4 grandchildren.
The Peter Roberts-Thomson collection was donated to the library by Peter Roberts-Thomson. It includes published works and manuscripts pertaining to his life, medical career, and personal interests which include Tasmania and Aboriginal Australians. Archival material pertaining to these subjects is also included.
Items can be found by searching within the Roberts-Thomson Collection in FindIt@Flinders: