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Harvey J. Alter

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Harvey James Alter (born September 12, 1935) is an American medical researcher, virologist, physician and Nobel Prize laureate, who is best known for his work that led to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Alter is the former chief of the infectious disease section and the associate director for research of the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. In the mid-1970s, Alter and his research team demonstrated that most post-transfusion hepatitis cases were not due to hepatitis A or hepatitis B viruses. Working independently, Alter and Edward Tabor, a scientist at the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harvey J. Alter has received more than 201,305 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia. Harvey J. Alter is the 117th most popular physician, the 917th most popular biography from United States and the 10th most popular American Physician.

Harvey J. Alter is an American medical researcher who is famous for his contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Along with his colleagues, Alter demonstrated that a significant number of cases of chronic hepatitis were not caused by hepatitis A or B viruses, and he eventually identified the previously unknown hepatitis C virus as the cause of these cases. His discovery led to the development of new diagnostic tests and treatments for hepatitis C, which has had a major impact on public health worldwide. Alter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2020 for his work on the discovery of the hepatitis C virus.

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Among physicians, Harvey J. Alter ranks 117 out of 502Before him are Edgar Adrian, John Snow, Ferid Murad, Francis Peyton Rous, Herta Oberheuser, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing. After him are Jean Dausset, John Eccles, Franz Joseph Gall, Virginia Apgar, Albert Sabin, and Giovanni Alfonso Borelli.

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Among people born in 1935, Harvey J. Alter ranks 34Before him are John Cazale, Bibi Andersson, Omar Bongo, Gherman Titov, Udo Lattek, and Adnan Khashoggi. After him are Miroslav Blažević, Mirella Freni, Giya Kancheli, David Harvey, Jim Peebles, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Among people born in United States, Harvey J. Alter ranks 917 out of 18,182Before him are Robert Vaughn (1932), Gina Haspel (1956), Edward C. Tolman (1886), John Fante (1909), D. W. Griffith (1875), and Laura Branigan (1952). After him are Davy Crockett (1786), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), Larry Flynt (1942), Christian B. Anfinsen (1916), Virginia Satir (1916), and George Kennedy (1925).

Among PHYSICIANS In United States

Among physicians born in United States, Harvey J. Alter ranks 10Before him are Jonas Salk (1914), Stanley Cohen (1922), Frederick Chapman Robbins (1916), George Minot (1885), Ferid Murad (1936), and Francis Peyton Rous (1879). After him are Virginia Apgar (1909), Joseph Murray (1919), Robin Cook (1940), Haldan Keffer Hartline (1903), Louis Ignarro (1941), and Baruch Samuel Blumberg (1925).