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John Robin Warren
Robin Warren in 2009
Born (1937-06-11) 11 June 1937 (age 84)
Adelaide, Australia
InstitutionsRoyal Perth Hospital
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide
Known forNobel Prize, discovery of Helicobacter pylori
Notable awardsNobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2005)

John Robin Warren AC (born 11 June 1937 in Adelaide) is an Australian pathologist, Nobel winner and researcher. In 1979, he discovered the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, together with Barry Marshall.

Life and career

He received his MBBS degree from the University of Adelaide, having completed his high school education at St Peter's College, Adelaide. In 1967 he was became a member the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia and became a senior pathologist at the Royal Perth Hospital where he spent most of his career. At the University of Western Australia with Barry J. Marshall, Warren proved that the bacterium is the cause of stomach ulcers.[1] Warren helped develop an easy diagnostic test (14C-urea breath-test) for finding H. pylori in ulcer patients.[2] In 2005, Warren and Marshall were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

He married Winifred Theresa Warren and together they had five children. Winifred Warren is a psychiatrist.

An Australian documentary was made in 2006 about Warren and Marshall's road to the Nobel Prize, called "The Winner's Guide to the Nobel Prize". He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007.[3]


  1. Warren JR, Marshall BJ. Unidentified curved bacilli in the stomach patients with gastritis and peptic ulceration. Lancet 1984;1(8390):1311–1315. PMID 6145023
  2. Surveyor I, Goodwin CS, Mullan BP, Geelhoed E, Warren JR, Murray RN, Waters TE, Sanderson CR. The 14C-urea breath-test for the detection of gastric Campylobacter pylori infection. Med J Aust. 1989; 151(8):435–439. PMID 2593958.
  3. It's an Honour Archived 2012-01-11 at the Wayback Machine – Companion of the Order of Australia

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