It started in 1964 with the curiosity of Dutch brewer and entrepreneur Alfred H. Heineken and his respect for scientists’ and artists’ important contribution to society. The Heineken Prizes have grown to become an internationally renowned institution, with outstanding laureates. These exceptional people offer new perspectives, realize unexpected breakthroughs and open new paths for others to take. Fifteen previous laureates became Nobel Prize laureates!
Elizabeth Blackburn, winner of the Heineken Prize for Medicine 2004 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009, quotes thinker and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson:
‘Don’t be too timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better’