"Breakthrough Prizes awarded to Research"
The Science & Technology party: This year's Breakthrough Prizes have been awarded to advances in string theory, black holes, the origins of life and number theory. Founders of the Prize – Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan – announced the recipients of the 2017 awards at an event in San Francisco, which marked the organisation’s fifth anniversary. READ FULL ARTICLE VIA WIRED.CO.UK
“There has never been a more important time to support science,” said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. “The 2017 Breakthrough Prize laureates represent the leaders in scientific research in physics, math and life sciences. Their breakthroughs will unlock new possibilities and help make the world a better place for everyone.”
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2017 Breakthrough Prize winners
- Breakthrough Prize In Life Sciences
- Each of the five Life Science winners received a $3 million prize.
- Harry F. Noller from the University of California, Santa Cruz, won for discovering how RNA forms the active centres of the ribosome, ultimately forging a link between modern biology to the origin of life.
- Roeland Nusse from Stanford University won for research on the Wnt pathway, an intercellular signalling systems in development, cancer and stem cell biology.
- Yoshinori Ohsumifrom Tokyo Institute of Technology won for his work into autophagy, the recycling system that cells use to generate nutrients from their own inessential or damaged components.
- Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
- The three winners, sharing the $3 million prize are, Joseph Polchinski from the University of California, Santa Barbara; Andrew Strominger from Harvard University; and Cumrun Vafa, also from Harvard University.
- All three received the prize for advances in quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity.
- Breakthrough Prize In Mathematics
- Jean Bourgain, IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, won for contributions to analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations, high-dimensional geometry and number theory.
- Breakthrough Junior Challenge
- The second annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge recognizes two winners this year - Antonella Masini, 18, from Peru, and Deanna See, 17, from Singapore. Antonella and Deanna will each receive up to $400,000 in educational prizes.
- Masini’s video, submitted in the physics category, was on quantum entanglement. See’s life sciences video, titled “Superbugs! And Our Race against Resistance,” looked at antibiotic resistance.
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