Harvey J. Alter Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 21 Feb, 2021
Facts of Harvey J. Alter
Date of Birth: 1935 , September-12
Age: 86 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Harvey J. Alter
Birth Name Harvey James Alter
Nationality American
Birth Place/City New York City, New York, USA
Profession Medical Researcher, Virologist, Physician
Married Yes
Married to Diane Dowling
Children 2
Divorce Barbara Bailey
Education University of Rochester
Awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Distinguished Service Medal, Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research
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Harvey J. Alter is a Nobel Prize-winning American medical researcher, virologist, and physician whose work in the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus in 1988 led to him winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2020. 

Harvey J. Alter: Short Biography

Harvey James Alter was born on September 12, 1935, in New York City, New York, into a Jewish family. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, where he initially earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956 and later, his medical degree in 1960.

Alter completed his residency at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and at the University of Washington Hospital System in Seattle, Washington. He also worked as a clinical associate at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and a hematology fellow at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Nobel Prize 2020 Winner 

After completing his residency, Harvey J. Alter was assigned a medical license by the District of Columbia. Among other distinctions, Alter is a fellow at the American College of Physicians and holds certification by the American Board of Pathology in their blood banking subdivision. 

He has worked as the chief of the infectious disease research section and the associate director for research at the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the National Institutes of Health's Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center. 

Nobel Medicine Prize 2020 winners: (Left to right) Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice SOURCE: Spectrum News

His work in virology in the seventies led to the discovery of Hepatitis C in 1988. For his contributions, he was co-awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine alongside Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice.   

Most-Asked Questions About Harvey J. Alter Answered

How Old Is Harvey J. Alter?

Harvey James Alter was born on September 12, 1935. He is 85 years old as of February 2021. 

For What Did Harvey J. Alter Win the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine?

Harvey J. Alter along with Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in the discovery of Hepatitis C. 

To Whom is Harvey J. Alter Married?

Harvey J. Alter is married to Diane Dowling

How Many Children Does Harvey J. Alter Have? 

Harvey J. Alter has two children with his ex-wife, Barbara Bailey, and two step-children with his current wife. 

How Much is Harvey J. Alter Worth?

Harvey J. Alter has an estimated net worth of $1 million in February 2021.