Heineken Prizes story 1964 – 2014

Henry P. Heineken

Learned and unassuming

Dr. H.P. Heineken

Born on April 3, 1886, in Amsterdam, Henry Pierre Heineken was the second generation of brewers. He received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Amsterdam in 1914. In addition to product quality, his name is associated in particular with the progressive social policy he pursued, a policy that earned him his nickname, the “red brewer”. He died on May 3, 1971, in the town of his birth.

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Alfred H. Heineken


Alfred Heineken was a multi-faceted man. The world knew him as a brewer and entrepreneur, but Alfred Heineken never stopped developing his interests in other fields. ‘I’ve always set out to become homo universalis: a brewer, a composer, an architect, an anthropologist, a photographer’, he explained.

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Charlene L. de Carvalho-Heineken

Making a difference

My father, Alfred Heineken, introduced the first Heineken Prize in 1964. He later went on to add several others, including one for contemporary art.

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Louisa L.H. Brassey

Excite new generations

One of my earliest memories of my grandfather is of sitting around the kitchen table together. He was a great innovator, always drawing things for us that he wanted to invent.

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Alexander A.C. de Carvalho

No progress without Science

My grandfather was always meeting people, inviting people to dinner who were outstanding in their field, especially in summer. It could be an amazing jazz player, an amazing scientist, an amazing historian or an amazing magician.

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