Harvey J. Alter Biography


Harvey J. Alter is an American physician and virologist known for his contributions to the discovery and isolation of the hepatitis C virus (HCV). He also received Nobel Prize in 2020 for the same. He is married and a father of four kids.

Married twice!

He is currently married to Diane Dowling.

Previously, he was married to Barbara Bailey. They have two children, Mark, also an MD, and Stacey, a teacher. Similarly, he has two stepchildren, Lydia Rodin and Erinn Torres, and nine grandchildren.

Harvey J. Alter is married twice but it is not available if his first wife died or he has had a divorce.

Relationship Facts of Harvey J. Alter

  • Harvey J. Alter is married to Davie Dowling.
  • He is father of Four.
  • Harvey J. Alter is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • His sexual orientation is straight.

Who is Harvey J. Alter?

Harvey J. Alter is an American physician and virologist known for his contributions to the discovery and isolation of the hepatitis C virus (HCV). He also received Nobel Prize in 2020 for the same.

Harvey J Alter- Age, Ethnicity, Early Life & Education

Harvey J Alter, in full Harvey James Alter, was born September 12, 1935, in New York. He is Jewish by ethnicity and American by nationality. He is 81 years as of today.

The brief information about his family, their profession, and lifestyle is hidden. Even, his siblings’ information is not known.

Talking about his influence on science he mentioned that his father was interested in science even if he was not from a science background. He added his father loved to read science rather than to engage in entertainment which influenced him a lot.

Harvey J Alter- Body Features

He has an average height and weight like other adults. Moreover, the exact body measurements are not available. Because of his old age, his hair turned grey. He has fair skin and has blue eyes.

Harvey J Alter- Career & Research

As a young research fellow in 1964, Alter co-discovered the Australian antigen with Baruch Blumberg. He wants to do the cloning of the Hepatitis C virus. Alter led a Clinical Center project to store blood samples used to uncover the causes and reduce the risk of transfusion-associated hepatitis.

They proved through transmission studies in chimpanzees that a new form of hepatitis caused the infections. The researchers concluded that a third transmissible agent was capable of causing TAH. In 1988 they confirmed the new hepatitis virus by verifying its presence in their stored panel of NANBH specimen which was published as an article next year.

To sum up, his research laid the basis to prevent the transmission of hepatitis via blood transfusion via the development of blood donor screening programs.

Awards & Honors

  • He received the Distinguished Service Medal, and the 2000 Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research.
  • He is a Senior Investigator & Chief, Infectious Diseases Section Associate Director for Research, Department of Transfusion Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD USA.


  • Viral Hepatitis: 1981 International Symposium book

Harvey J Alter- Net worth, Salary

Harvey J Alter earns through his professor and researcher career. Despite his handsome earning, his exact net worth and salary details are not available. His tentative net worth, his luxuries, and mansions are not in limelight to date.

Social Media

He is not active on social media with his official account. Having an official account was not his choice but it does not mean he is unaware of things going around the globe.

Rumors/ Controversy

Being engaged in the field of research, his sole focus was to discover and learn something new each day. He managed to stay away from rumors because of his constant hard work on a particular subject and busy schedule.


  • He is the 13th Laureate from Rochester.
  • He wants to write a good novel book namely, ‘As in life, he ran out of time.’

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