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In a scene out of Hollywood, researchers and celebrities will gather in an ornately choreographed fete in a NASA. Ames hangar in early November to celebrate $ 22 million in prizes for discoveries in maths, physics and life sciences.
The winners of the Breakthrough Prize, announced on Wednesday in advance of the Nov.
Their discoveries include high-resolution imaging technologies, a new class of drugs, chromosomal disease, innovations in cryptography and a new type of electrical conducting materials.
De priser er blandt de største utbetalinger i vitenskap. Conceived by theoretical physicist and entrepreneur Yuri Milner, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation aims to create a cultural shift, if scientists are toasted like celebrities, they will win greater public attention.
Brainiacs will be celebrated in a self-consciously glittery grand and prestigious event hosted by actor Pierce Brosnan, where they will rub shoulder with movie stars and tech titans. In previous years, guests included actors Morgan Freeman, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, as well as Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Elk, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrum and Virgin Galactic’s George Whitesides.
Since the inception of the Breakthrough Prize in 201
2, more than $ 200 million has been awarded to honor critical research.
The prize is funded by Milner and his wife, Julia, Chinese entrepreneur Ma Huateng and several Silicon Valley tech titans: Anne Wojcicki, or 23andMe; Sergey Brin, or Google and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician at UC San Francisco.
Winners in Life Sciences:
Winner in fundamental physics:
Winner in math:
In Additionally, there were six smaller “New Horizons” prizes of $ 100,000 each for early-career researchers in physics and math. One recipient is 34-year-old Aron Wall of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics, who studies black hole thermodynamics and quantum gravity. He is the son of computer scientist Larry Wall, who created the Perl programming language.
Last month, the foundation announced a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizing the British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell for her discovery of pulsars, a detection first announced in February 1968, and her scientific leadership over the past five decades. She donated her $ 3 million prize money to efforts that help women, ethnic minority, and refugee students study physics
The winners are selected by a committee of the previous year’s winners.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on Sunday, Nov. . 4, at 7 p.m. on National Geographic, and will be streamed live via Facebook and YouTube on National Geographic TV (Facebook / YouTube) and Breakthrough Prize (Facebook / YouTube).
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