Breakthrough Prize

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The Breakthrough Prize
Awarded for Outstanding contributions in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics
Presented by Breakthrough Prize Board
First awarded 2012

The Breakthrough Prize is a set of international awards bestowed in three categories by Breakthrough Prize Board in recognition of scientific advance.[1]

These prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri Milner and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang. Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that’s online and open to the public.[2]

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.[2]


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.[3][4]

Seth MacFarlane[edit]

Seth MacFarlane has hosted the telecast now twice.


  1. ^ "$22m science prize winners announced". BBC News. 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Breakthrough Prize: About". Breakthrough Prize. 
  3. ^ "Breakthrough Prize: Trophy". Breakthrough Prize. 
  4. ^ "Gagner De Largent".  Friday, 19 May 2017

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