Max D. Cooper

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This article is about the immunologist. For others with similar names, see Max Cooper (disambiguation).

Max Dale Cooper (born August 31, 1933 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi) is a noted immunologist who spent several years as a Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology and Microbiology at UAB Medical School. He is a past president of the Clinical Immunology Society (1994) and of the American Institute of Immunologists (1988).

Cooper is the son of Otis Noah and Lily Carpenter Cooper of Bentonia, Mississippi, where his father was Superintendent of Schools. After high school he enrolled at Holmes Junior College (1951-52) and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi. He went on to earn medical degrees at Ole Miss (1955) and from Tulane University in New Orleans (1957)

Cooper pursued postdoctoral training in allergy and immunology at the University of California, San Francisco. Beginning in 1963 he conducted research with Robert A. Good at the University of Minnesota, helping to explain the nature of the human immune system. He came to UAB in 1967.

At UAB, Cooper worked with graduate student Paul Kincade to discover certain particularities of immune function. During a 1974 sabbatical at University College in London he worked with Martin Raff and John Owen on B-cell precursors in bone marrow and fetal liver tissue. He has also done work at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. While at UAB, he conducted numerous clinical studies on cell differentiation abnormalities, immunodeficiency and lymphoid malignancies.

Cooper is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences (the first from an Alabama institution to be elected to the Academy). He is also an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In addition to authoring scores of scientific papers, he has served as editor for numerous immunological journals. In 1994 he was given the 3M Life Sciences Award and the Sandoz Prize in Immunology.

Cooper is married to the former Rosalie Lazzara and has three sons and one daughter. In November 2007 Cooper was recruited to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where his daughter's family resides.


  • Spencer, Thomas (November 27, 2007) "Top UAB scientist moving to Emory." Birmingham News.
  • "Max Dale Cooper (2005) Biographical sketch at the Alabama Academy of Honor.