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Billionaires Fund $3 Million Science Breakthrough Awards

Dec 14 2013, 10:29am CST | by , in News | Technology News

Billionaires fund $3 Million Science Breakthrough Awards
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Several world-class billionaires such as Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin have funded a series of awards. They will be given to geniuses in scientific fields such as mathematics and physics. Each breakthrough award will be worth $3 million.

The time has come for the Scientific Oscars. Many illustrious billionaires such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sergey Brin as well as Yuri Milner and Jack Ma have begun what are the outlines of an earnest plan. The aim is to give away $3 million prizes to the top scientists in their respective fields of endeavor. These may range from mathematics and physics all the way to zoology and botany. 

In a way, it is an attempt at outdoing the Nobel Prizes which are only worth a million dollars each. Basically, the objective is to make science a joyous affair and increase the level of curiosity among inventors and discoverers.

The whole program began with a bang. An event was held at the NASA premises in California. The luminaries and scientific experts that attended the occurrence were quite a knowledgeable bunch. Jack Dorsey was there as well as Rupert Murdoch and Conan O’Brien. The host was none other than Kevin Spacey. Most of the distinguished guests gathered in Hangar One, which is a giant metallic structure owned by NASA. 


It almost resembled the Oscars Award Function in its glamour with so many attendees bedecked in black tuxedoes. The special thing about the event was the Breakthrough Mathematics Prize. All in all there were seven winners in their respective areas of interest which ranged from medicine and quantum mechanics to genetic engineering. More prize categories will be added next year.

Source: Businessweek

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