$25 Million Breakthrough Prizes Awarded To Top Scientists And Mathematicians

Posted: Dec 5 2016, 6:46am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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$25 Million Breakthrough Prizes Awarded to Top Scientists and Mathematicians
Biologist Roeland Nusse speaks onstage during the 2017 Breakthrough Prize at NASA Ames Research Center on December 4, 2016 in Mountain View, California. Credit: Getty Images
  • Breakthrough Prizes worth upto $25 Million distributed in Science and Math

Breakthrough prizes worth upto a whopping $25 million have been distributed in science and math. They are proof that tons of talent exists among our current knowledge workers.

The great day in prize money for the sciences came on the Sunday that just passed us by. The Breakthrough Foundation awarded prizes amounting to $25 million to scads of physicists, life science experts and mathematical geniuses.

There were five molecular biologists among this year’s winners. Sergey Brin of Google and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook along with his wife are a few of the faces behind the prize foundation.

Two physics prizes were handed out this year. A $3 million prize went out to the LIGO experiment team. The three leaders of the experiment are: Ronald Drever, Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss.

Over 1012 scientists remained and the money was split among them, according to NYTimes. In mathematics, Jean Bourgain received a prize. Among his achievements were a decoupling theorem.

In the life sciences, Stephen Elledge who is a professor of genetics and medicine received a prize for his work on cancer cells and their sensitivity and responses to DNA damage.

Then Harry Noller won a prize for discovering the structure of ribosomes and the importance of RNA. Roeland Nusse, a professor of developmental biology, discovered the Wnt gene for which he received a prize.

Dr. Huda Zoghbi, a professor of neurology, found that a genetic mutation caused a specific neurodegenerative disorder. Finally, Yoshinori Ohsumi, a cell biologist, received the prize money for looking into autophagy.

This is when cells recycle themselves by literally consuming their own matter. His research in the 90s with yeast cells came in handy. Dr. Ohsumi has also had the honor of winning the Nobel Prize this year.

Besides the $3 million prizes, there are six $100,000 prizes to boot. Three of these are in physics while the other half are in mathematics.

Several people won all these prizes. It just goes to show you that talent cannot be hidden and that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will find a way to your doorstep.

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