The Breakthrough Foundation treated more than a thousand scientists like rock stars last night, giving out $25 million in annual prize money.
Founded by Silicon Valley giants including Yuri Milner and Julia Milner; Sergey Brin; Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, each year’s recipients are chosen by a committee of previous awardees. This year’s winners include:
- 5 molecular biologists, who won $3 million each for genetics and cell biology
- 3 string theorists who split a $3 million physics prize
- 1,015 physicists working on the LIGO gravitational wave detector who split another $3 million physics prize
- 6 smaller “New Horizons” prizes totaling $600,000 for 10 “early career” researchers
- 2 high school students won $400,000 each for science videos
Source: The New York Times