The top awards in Science, Breakthrough Prize and its founders Sergey Brin of Google, Anne Wojcicki of 23andme, Jack Ma of Alibaba and his wife, Cathy Zhang, Yuri Milner, an Internet entrepreneur, and his wife, Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have announced the name of recipients of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics.
A total of $21.9 million awarded at the 3rd Annual Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony in Silicon Valley. The awards take the form of seven $3 million awards, one of which was split among roughly 1,300 physicists; $500,000 split among eight early-career researchers; and $400,000 to a high school student for creating a video communicating a scientific concept.
The awards were handed out in Oscar-style ceremony hosted by the founders and Graydon Carter, the Vanity Fair editor, at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, with entertainment by Pharrell Williams and food by Thomas Keller of the French Laundry and Per Se. Seth MacFarlane was the M.C. for the awards presentation, which also featured boldface names like Russell Crowe and Hilary Swank.