Breakthrough Prize

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The Breakthrough Prize
Awarded forOutstanding contributions in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics
Presented byBreakthrough Prize Board
First awarded2012; 11 years ago (2012)

The Breakthrough Prizes are a set of international awards bestowed in three categories by the Breakthrough Prize Board in recognition of scientific advances.[1][2] The awards are part of several "Breakthrough" initiatives founded and funded by Yuri Milner and his wife Julia Milner, along with Breakthrough Initiatives and Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. The Prizes have been sponsored by the personal foundations established by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Jack Ma, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki.[3] Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that is online and open to the public.[4]

Laureates receive $3 million each in prize money. They attend a televised award ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the ceremony schedule, they also engage in a program of lectures and discussions. Those that go on to make fresh discoveries remain eligible for future Breakthrough Prizes.[4]


The trophy was created by artist Olafur Eliasson. Like much of Eliasson's work, the sculpture explores the common ground between art and science. It is molded into the shape of a toroid, recalling natural forms found from black holes and galaxies to seashells and coils of DNA.[5]


# Ceremony Date Year Host(s) Network Site
1st 2013 Fundamental Physics Prize Ceremony March 20, 2013 2012 Morgan Freeman None Geneva, Switzerland
2nd 2014 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony December 12, 2013 2013 Kevin Spacey Science Channel Hangar One, Mountain View, California
3rd 2015 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony November 9, 2014 2014 Seth MacFarlane Discovery Channel & Science Channel (U.S.)
BBC World News (worldwide)
4th 2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony November 8, 2015 2015 National Geographic
5th 2017 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony December 4, 2016 2016 Morgan Freeman
6th 2018 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony November 3, 2017 2017 National Geographic
7th 2019 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony November 4, 2018 2018 Pierce Brosnan
8th 2020 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony November 3, 2019 2019 James Corden
9th 2023 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony April 15, 2023 2020–2022 n/a (YouTube) Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Hollywood, Los Angeles
10th 2024 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony April 13, 2024 2023

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  1. ^ "$22m science prize winners announced". BBC News. 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  2. ^ Knapp, Alex. "2022 Breakthrough Prizes Announced: mRNA Vaccine Pioneers Awarded $3 Million". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-09-13.
  3. ^ "Breakthrough Prize – About". Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  4. ^ a b "Breakthrough Prize: About". Breakthrough Prize. Archived from the original on 2020-10-11. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  5. ^ "Breakthrough Prize: Trophy". Breakthrough Prize. Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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