About the Foundation

The Warren Alpert Foundation supports innovative individuals and organizations dedicated to understanding and curing disease through groundbreaking research, scholarship and service. Each fall the foundation hosts a signature symposium at which some of the world's foremost physician-scientists and researchers receive one of the most prestigious awards in biomedicine.

The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize
Each year the Foundation receives between 30 and 50 award nominations for the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, which was first awarded in 1987. Many of the world's foremost physician-scientists and researchers, working in a variety of disciplines, are nominated by their colleagues for this prestigious honor. Prize recipients are selected by the Foundation's Scientific Advisory Committee, comprising internationally renowned biomedical scientists and chaired by Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, the dean of Harvard Medical School. The goal is to recognize contributions to humanity and breakthroughs in the understanding and curing of major diseases. Winners of the Alpert Prize are presented with a $250,000 award at the Foundation's annual ceremony.

Past Warren Alpert Foundation Prize recipients

For more information:
Edward Canton
Harvard Medical School
25 Shattuck Street, Room 101
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Warren Alpert

Warren Alpert, founder and chairman of Warren Equities, Inc., and The Warren Alpert Foundation, was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1920. The son of Lithuanian immigrants, he was the youngest of Tena and Goodman Alpert's five children.

Mr. Alpert earned a bachelor of science degree from Boston University in 1942. He then served in military intelligence during World War II, and was awarded the Purple Heart in 1945. Following his military service, he completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Then, in 1947, with help from the GI Bill he received his master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

He started his own business in 1950 with, as he told it, "$1,000 and a used car." At the time of his passing in March 2007, he was the sole owner of Warren Equities, Inc. Forbes magazine annually lists Warren Equities, Inc. as one of the nation's top 500 privately owned companies. Warren Equities, Inc. markets petroleum and food items, posting in excess of one billion dollars per year in sales. The company also engages in transportation and real estate, employing more than 2,100 people in eleven states.

Mr. Alpert's academic affiliations and contributions were significant. He was a founding donor of Harvard Medical School's "New Pathway" program with a $500,000 contribution. He also donated $20 million to Harvard in 1993 to name the new research center at the Medical School. In 1998, he donated $1 million to Harvard's Tosteson Medical Education Center. In 1999, Mr. Alpert donated $15 million to Mount Sinai Hospital to name the Warren Alpert Pavilion, dedicated for pediatrics and radiology.

In January 2007 Mr. Alpert made his final philanthropic donation of $100 million to the medical school at Brown University. The donation ensures a strong future for The Warren Alpert Medical School by providing funding for a new building as well as scholarships, biomedical research and the recruitment and retention of faculty.

Mr. Alpert passed away in New York City on March 3, 2007. Without a doubt his legacy of generous donations to the medical community will be felt for many years to come.

Other Warren Alpert Foundation and Warren Equities Corporate Donations
  • Fellowship in the name of Bernard Fields at the Harvard Medical
  • Major funding at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home
  • The Victor Cohn Prize of Science Journalism
  • $100,000 donation to the University of Maryland Foundation
  • Two scholarships at the Diocese of Providence schools
  • Scholarship at Community Prep School
  • Scholarship at the Alperin Schechter Day School
In addition, the employees of the Warren Equities, Inc. subsidiary "Xtra Mart" convenience stores have raised and contributed the principal funding for The Jennifer Creed Fund at the Boston Floating Hospital. The proceeds are used to assist financing for families of children suffering from cancer.

The Warren Alpert Foundation does not solicit funds. It is a private, philanthropic effort funded solely by The Warren Alpert Estate.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize
David Botstein of Princeton University, and Ronald W. Davis and David S. Hogness, both of Stanford University School of Medicine, are the recipients of the 2013 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize for their seminal contributions to concepts and methods of creating a genetic map in the human, and of positional cloning, leading to the identification of thousands of human disease genes and ushering in the era of human genetics. Read about the recipients.

Nominations are closed for 2014
Please check back in June for information on nominations for the 2015 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

2013 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize Symposium
A scientific symposium was held honoring this year's winner on October 3, 2013. View details.

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