Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken on the 50th Anniversary of the Heineken Prizes

Over fifty years ago the first Heineken Prize was awarded as a gesture of appreciation for exceptional research achievements. Since then, the Heineken Prizes have grown to become an internationally renowned institution.
Alfred Henry Heineken was the third generation of Heinekens to take over the helm at the family-run brewery. Under his direction, the company developed to become one of the largest beer breweries in the world. Heineken was curious and fascinated by art and science, always asking questions and wanting to understand the things that confronted him. He felt that as an entrepreneur, one should do something for society in return. His lifelong interests in science and art were the driving force to start the Heineken Prizes in 1964, in honour of his father.

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Monetary awards

Each of the scientific prizes includes a monetary award of 250,000 US Dollars. The prize that goes to an artist working and living in the Netherlands includes a monetary award of 50,000 euros and another 50,000 euros to fund the publication of a book and/or the organisation of an exhibition or similar event.


In addition to a monetary award, the laureates also receive a lasting memento in the form of a specially-crafted trophy.

Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences

C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken
Prize for Cognitive Science