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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

Stockholm Comes to Bethesda

Dr. Alter and Ms. Olofsdotter

NIH's newest, and sixth, intramural Nobel Prize winner Dr. Harvey Alter meets with Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden's ambassador to the U.S.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Alter and his wife look at medal.

Alter and his wife, Dr. Diane Dowling, admire the medal that comes with his Nobel prize.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Alter lectures at event.

Alter spoke briefly about the science that earned him a Nobel Prize.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Dr. Alter holds diploma, with Dr. Collins

Alter displays his Nobel diploma as NIH director Dr. Francis Collins looks on.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Dr. Harvey Alter, who shared the 2020 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine, was honored Dec. 8 in an afternoon ceremony at Natcher Bldg. attended by Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden’s ambassador to the United States.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Nobel laureates were unable to visit Stockholm for the award ceremony traditionally held in mid-December.

Joining Alter at the presentation of his medallion and diploma were his wife Dr. Diane Dowling, members of their family as well as leadership from NIH, NIAID and the Clinical Center.

Attendees were masked, except when posing for outdoor photos taken in front of a screen.

The event can be viewed at

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