As we head into awardings season, one of the first shows to lead the pack is all about science.
The Breakthrough Prize, a cumulative $22 million in awards that go to superstars in the fields of physics, life sciences, and maths, is going into its sixth year.
The show was founded by Yuri and Julia Milner, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, with Tencent CEO Ma Huateng( Pony Ma) joining just this week as a founding sponsor.
The show will be held at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley and will be hosted by none other than Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
And that’s not the only star power coming to the depict this year — Wiz Khalifa will perform with musician Nana Ou-Yang, and celebrities such as Ron Howard, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Kerry Washington, former NFL player and mathematician John Urschel, and Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough will be in attendance to present awards.
From the official release: here are the award winners and a brief description of their work 😛 TAGEND
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
( The$ 3 million physics prize will be shared between the entire 27 member WMAP experimental squad, with the largest share going to the following five team leaders)
Chuck L. Bennett, Johns Hopkins University
Gary Hinshaw, Univ. of British Columbia
Norman Jarosik, Princeton University
Lyman Page, Jr ., Princeton University
David N. Spergel, Princeton University