Nobel Prize winner in medicine and physiology, American scientist Harvey Alter said that only the third time he answered a call from Stockholm with the announcement of the award, and it was “the best alarm clock” in his life.
The expert explained the uniqueness of the discovery of Nobel laureates in medicine.
“On the East Coast it was about 4 a.m., the phone rang, I didn’t pick up the phone, five minutes later it rang for the second time and I didn’t answer again, and the third time I woke up in irritation and picked up the phone. It was Stockholm,” the Nobel Committee of the words of Altera quoted on Twitter.
According to him, the first thing he did after learning about the award was to wake up his wife and tell her. “It was the best alarm clock in my life,” the scientist added.
In 2000, Alter was awarded the prestigious Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research, and in 2002, he became the first scientist from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
In 2013, Alter was honored with the Canada Gairdner International Award for his contribution to the discovery and isolation of the hepatitis C virus.
Gennady Onishchenko during a press conference on The New Coronavirus: Truth and Fiction at the International Multimedia Press Center of the NIH.
In September it was announced that the amount of the Nobel Prize in 2020 will be increased to 10 million Swedish kroner (about one million dollars) for each. The fact is that since 2012, the investment capital of the fund has increased from 3 to 4.6 billion kroons (from 300 to 460 million dollars), and therefore the income from which five Nobel Prizes are paid annually has also increased.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional award ceremony in Stockholm was canceled. Year after year, on December 10, they were awarded a medal and a diploma from the hands of the King of Sweden at the Stockholm Philharmonic and then celebrated at a banquet in the local town hall. This time there will be a live broadcast from the city hall and an online introduction with the winners, during which they will be awarded diplomas and medals.