The Breakthrough Prize is a set of international awards bestowed in three categories by Breakthrough Prize Board in recognition of scientific advance. 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.
- Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics
- Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
- Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
|The Breakthrough Prize|
|Awarded for||Outstanding contributions in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics|
|Presented by||Breakthrough Prize Board|
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.
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.
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.
|2013 Fundamental Physics Prize Ceremony||March 20, 2013||2012||Morgan Freeman||None||Geneva, Switzerland|
|2014 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony||December 12, 2013||2013||Kevin Spacey||Science Channel||Hangar One, Mountain View, California|
|2015 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony||November 9, 2014||2014||Seth MacFarlane||Discovery Channel & Science Channel (U.S.)|
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|2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony||November 8, 2015||2015||National Geographic|
|2017 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony||December 4, 2016||2016||Morgan Freeman|
|2018 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony||November 3, 2017||2017||National Geographic|
|2019 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony||November 4, 2018||2018||Pierce Brosnan|
|2020 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony||November 3, 2019||2019||James Corden|