Tak Wah Mak was born in 1946 in Canton, Republic of China. He obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1967 and a PhD from the University of Alberta in 1972. Immediately following his graduation, Mak began his career in Toronto at the Ontario Cancer Institute as a post-doctoral fellow. Mak is known internationally for his discovery of how T-cells work. In 1983, he cloned the T-cell receptor, which enables the T-cells to lock onto their targets. He published his work in March of 1984 in Nature. His ongoing, award-winning research focuses on the mechanisms underlying immune responses and tumorigenesis.
Dr. Mak holds honorary doctoral degrees from numerous universities in North America, Asia and Europe. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada (2000), a recipient of the Gairdner International Award for Science (1989), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1986). He has received many highly distinguished prizes including the Novartis Prize in Immunology (1998), the Paul Ehrlich Prize (2004) and the Sloan Award (1996). (Source)