Breakthrough Prize

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The Breakthrough Prize
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Awarded forOutstanding contributions in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics
Presented byBreakthrough Prize Board
First awarded2012
WebsiteBreakthrough on Facebook

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

The Breakthrough Prize was founded by Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Yuri Milner, Julia Milner, Jack Ma, and Pony Ma. 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]

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  1. ^ "$22m science prize winners announced". BBC News. 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  2. ^ a b "Breakthrough Prize: About". Breakthrough Prize. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  3. ^ "Breakthrough Prize: Trophy". Breakthrough Prize. Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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