January 06, 2019
On December 22, Jean Bourgain passed away after a three-year battle with cancer.
December 10, 2018
December 1 brought the sad news of the passing of Shoucheng Zhang at 55.
December 03, 2018
Breakthrough Prize Opens Public Nominations For Its 2020 Prizes In Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics
The public nomination period for the 2020 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics is now open.
October 30, 2018
Silicon Valley’s Breakthrough Prize Announces Musical Performer And Presenters For Live Ceremony Celebrating Science On Sunday, November 4
Academy Award Winner and Four-Time Grammy Award Winner Lionel Richie to Perform at Seventh Annual “Oscars of Science”.
With Special Performance from Chinese Music Sensation G.E.M.
Orlando Bloom, Ron Howard, Julianne Moore, Thandie Newton, Lupita Nyong'o, Zoe Saldana and G.E.M. to Serve as Presenters.
Hosted by Pierce Brosnan, Ceremony to Air Live at 10p ET / 7p PT on National Geographic.
October 18, 2018
Winners of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics Announced
A Total of $22 Million Awarded for Breakthroughs in Treatment for the Leading Genetic Cause of Infant Death, Super-Resolution Imaging, Discovery of a New Kind of Electronic Material, and Other Major Achievements.
2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Awarded to C. Frank Bennett and Adrian R. Krainer, Angelika Amon, Xiaowei Zhuang, and Zhijian “James” Chen.
2019 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to Charles Kane and Eugene Mele.
2019 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Awarded to Vincent Lafforgue.
Six “New Horizons” Prizes Worth $600,000 Awarded for Early-Career Achievement in Physics and Math.
All Laureates – including Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Recipient of 2018 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – to be Honored at Live Televised Ceremony on Sunday, November 4.
October 16, 2018
Pierce Brosnan to Host 7th Annual “Breakthrough Prize” Ceremony on Sunday, November 4 Live on National Geographic
The Annual, Star-Studded Ceremony that Celebrates Science and Scientific Achievement To Feature an “In Memoriam” Tribute to the Late Stephen Hawking.
Ceremony to Air Live at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT.
September 06, 2018
Special Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics Awarded To Jocelyn Bell Burnell For Discovery Of Pulsars
Breakthrough Prize Recognizes Bell Burnell’s 1967 Detection of Radio Signals from Rapidly Spinning, Super-Dense Neutron Stars and a Lifetime of Inspiring Scientific Leadership.
50 Years After Her Significant Role in the Discovery, Bell Burnell, of University of Oxford and University of Dundee, Wins $3 Million Physics Prize.
Previous Recipients of the Special Prize Include Stephen Hawking, Seven CERN Scientists Whose Leadership Led to the Discovery of the Higgs Boson, and to the Entire LIGO Collaboration that Detected Gravitational Waves.
March 14, 2018
Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018), Breakthrough Prize Laureate, Co-Founder Breakthrough Starshot and Breakthrough Listen Science Programs
All at the Breakthrough Foundation were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Stephen Hawking, winner of the 2013 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, as well as cherished partner of the Breakthrough Initiatives.
February 04, 2018
On February 2, Joseph Polchinski died at the age of 63.
February 01, 2018
Breakthrough Prize Opens Public Nominations For Its 2019 Prizes In Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics
World’s Largest Science Prizes to be Awarded in Fall 2018 At Globally Televised Ceremony in Silicon Valley.
Breakthrough Prize to Partner on Outreach with European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) and ResearchGate.
December 03, 2017
Breakthrough Prize – “The Oscars Of Science” – Celebrates Top Achievements In Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics, Awards $22 Million In Prizes At Gala Televised Ceremony In Silicon Valley
2018 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences Awarded to Joanne Chory, Don W. Cleveland, Kazutoshi Mori, Kim Nasmyth, and Peter Walter.
2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to Charles L. Bennett, Gary Hinshaw, Norman Jarosik, Lyman Page Jr., David N. Spergel, and the WMAP Science Team.
2018 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Awarded to Christopher Hacon and James McKernan.
New Horizons in Physics Prizes Awarded to Christopher Hirata, Douglas Stanford, and Andrea Young.
New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes Awarded to Aaron Naber, Maryna Viazovska, Zhiwei Yun, and Wei Zhang.
Third Annual International Breakthrough Junior Challenge Won by Hillary Diane Andales.
Laureates to be honored at glittering awards gala hosted by Morgan Freeman, with live performance by Wiz Khalifa and musician Nana Ou-Yang, and presentations from Mayim Bialik, Lily Collins, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Katie Ledecky, Kerry Washington, John Urschel, Miss USA Kára McCullough and the founders of the Breakthrough Prize.
December 01, 2017
Tencent to Air One-Hour Video Highlights of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony for Audiences Across Asia, December 10, 2018.
November 21, 2017
Stars Of Screen, Stage And Sport To Gather In Silicon Valley To Celebrate Science At 6th Annual “Breakthrough Prize” Ceremony Sunday, December 3
Morgan Freeman, Academy Award®-Winning Actor and Revelations Entertainment President, will Host; Wiz Khalifa to Perform; Ron Howard, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Kerry Washington to Serve as Presenters.
Ceremony to Air Live at 10/9c on National Geographic.
For the First Time, Show to Be Broadcast Live via Facebook and YouTube on Breakthrough Prize and National Geographic Platforms.
May 22, 2017
The Breakthrough Prize and ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists, announced a partnership today to expand opportunities to promote and honor excellence among the scientific community.
April 27, 2017
Breakthrough Prize and European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) Announce Partnership
Partnership Encourages European Nominations for World’s Largest Science Prize.
March 09, 2017
On March 7, Breakthrough Prize laureate Ronald W. P. Drever sadly passed away.
March 01, 2017
Breakthrough Prize Opens Public Nomination Period For 2018 Prizes In Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics
World’s Largest Science Prizes to be Awarded in December 2017 at Televised Ceremony in Silicon Valley.
December 05, 2016
Breakthrough Prize Marks 5th Anniversary Celebrating Top Achievements In Science And Awards More Than $25 Million In Prizes At Gala Ceremony In Silicon Valley
2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Awarded to Stephen J. Elledge, Harry F. Noller, Roeland Nusse, Yoshinori Ohsumi, and Huda Yahya Zoghbi.
2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to Joseph Polchinski, Andrew Strominger, and Cumrun Vafa.
2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Awarded to Jean Bourgain.
New Horizons in Physics Prize awarded to Asimina Arvanitaki, Peter W. Graham, and Surjeet Rajendran; Simone Giombi and Xi Yin; and Frans Pretorius.
New Horizons in Mathematics Prize awarded to Mohammed Abouzaid, Hugo Duminil-Copin, and Benjamin Elias and Geordie Williamson.
Second Annual, International Breakthrough Junior Challenge Won by Female Students Antonella Masini, 18 (Peru) and Deanna See, 17 (Singapore).
2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, awarded in May to founders and team members of LIGO, awarded to Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss and family of Ronald Drever.
Laureates to be honored at glittering awards gala hosted by Morgan Freeman, with live performance by Alicia Keys and presentations from Daniel Ek (CEO of Spotify), Jeremy Irons, Mark and Scott Kelly, Hiroshi Mikitani (CEO of Rakuten), Sienna Miller, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vin Diesel, Kevin Durant, Dev Patel, Sundar Pichai (CEO of Google), Alex Rodriguez, Will.i.am, Susan Wojcicki (CEO of YouTube) and the founders of the Breakthrough Prize.
November 10, 2016
Stars To Gather In Silicon Valley To Celebrate Science At 5th Annual “Breakthrough Prize” Ceremony Sunday, December 4
Ceremony to Air Live at 10/9c on National Geographic Channel. Morgan Freeman to Host and Alicia Keys to Perform; Jeremy Irons to Serve as Presenter in Mathematics Category. FOX to Air One-Hour Version of Ceremony on Sunday, December 18, 7-8 PM ET/PT; National Geographic Channels International to Also Air One-Hour Version.
May 03, 2016
Special Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics Awarded For Detection Of Gravitational Waves 100 Years After Albert Einstein Predicted Their Existence
Selection Committee of previous Breakthrough Prize winners recognizes contributors to experiment recording waves from two black holes colliding over a billion light years away.
March 01, 2016
Breakthrough Prize Opens Public Nomination Period For 2017 Prizes In Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics
World’s Largest Science Prizes to Be Awarded in Late Fall of 2016 at Silicon Valley Awards Ceremony.
November 09, 2015
2016 Breakthrough Prize Symposia On Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, And Mathematics To Be Held At UC Berkeley
Symposia to Feature Winners of 2016 Breakthrough Prizes.
November 09, 2015
The Prizes were Presented at Live Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 10/9c on National Geographic Channel.
November 03, 2015
Ten-time Grammy Award Winner Pharrell Williams To Perform At The Breakthrough Prize Ceremony On November 8
Presenters Russell Crowe, Hilary Swank, Lily Collins and Thomas Middleditch and Martin Starr of HBO’s Silicon Valley to Join Host Seth MacFarlane to Honor the World’s Leading Scientists and Mathematician. The Breakthrough Prize Ceremony will be broadcast live on the National Geographic Channel at 10/9c.
October 30, 2015
Breakthrough Prize And Khan Academy Announce 15 Finalists For Breakthrough Junior Challenge For Students
$400,000 in educational prizes to be awarded for bringing scientific and mathematical ideas to life. Winner to be Announced at Breakthrough Prize Award Ceremony on Nov. 8.
October 06, 2015
Breakthrough Prize Foundation Teams With National Geographic Channel, Fox And Acclaimed Producer Don Mischer To Celebrate Today’s Leading Scientists And Mathematicians With Broadcast Of The 2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony
Hosted by Seth MacFarlane; Ceremony to Air Live Sunday, Nov. 8, at 10/9c on National Geographic Channel in the US. FOX to Air One-Hour Version of Ceremony Sunday, Nov. 29, 7-8 PM ET/PT; National Geographic Channels International to Also Air One-Hour Version.
September 14, 2015
$400,000 in educational prizes to be awarded for a video bringing scientific and mathematical ideas to life. Video submissions accepted through October 7, 2015.
June 17, 2015
New Annual Life Sciences Award, Founded By Winners of the Breakthrough Prize, Honors Promising Postdoctoral Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University and Weill Cornell Medical College.
March 23, 2015
Breakthrough Prize Opens Public Nomination Period For 2016 Prizes In Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics
Newly added for 2016, up to three annual New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes of $100,000 each for junior researchers.
November 15, 2014
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation invites American audiences to help celebrate our greatest scientists by taking part in an exceptional hour of television Saturday, November 15, on the Discovery and Science channels at 6:00 p.m. EST/PST.
November 10, 2014
$36 Million in prizes to world’s top scientists handed out by founders Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan at a Silicon Valley gala hosted by Seth MacFarlane and attended by celebrity guests.
October 30, 2014
Seth MacFarlane To Host 2nd Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony On November 9 Honoring World’s Foremost Scientists
Discovery Channel And Science Channel To Simulcast Premiere Gala On November 15 In The U.S. BBC World News To Air Worldwide Weekend Of November 22.
August 18, 2014
“The five of us felt we would have more impact if we acted in unison,” said Richard Taylor, who joined Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie and Terence Tao as the first winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.
June 23, 2014
Art Levinson Steps Down as Chair of Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, Succeeded by Cori Bargmann. Online Nominations For 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences are Open Through June 30, 2014.
May 13, 2014
The Nominations are Open through June 30, 2014.
May 13, 2014
Breakthrough Prize Winners and Institutions Commit $3 Million in Support of Next Generation of Scientists
Like most new Breakthrough Prize laureates, Cornelia Bargmann, Lewis Cantley and Charles Sawyers have each been asked what they intend to do with the $3 million prize. As it turns out, they have answered collectively.
April 29, 2014
The scholarship will cover two years of PhD thesis funding for about eight talented and motivated young researchers, with an emphasis on choosing those from environments with limited financial resources. The students’ first year will be at CERN, the second back at their home universities.
December 12, 2013
2014 Breakthrough Prizes Awarded in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences for a Total of $21 Million
Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner announced new $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.
November 05, 2013
The winner of the 2014 $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize and six winners of the 2014 $3 million Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences will be announced on December 12.
September 03, 2013
The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation announces the opening of online nomination website for its 2014 prizes.
September 03, 2013
Three winners of the Physics Frontiers Prize will be announced this November and become nominees for the 2014 $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize.
August 22, 2013
Special Fundamental Physics Prize Spurs CERN’s Virdee and Incandela to Fund Scholarships, Science Education Programs
Tejinder Singh Virdee and Joseph Incandela were raised in very different circumstances on separate continents, but they both understand the transformative effect that a science education can have on a young person.
March 21, 2013
The Winner Receives a Prize of $3 million and Trophy Designed by World Renowned Danish-Icelandic Artist Olafur Eliasson.
February 20, 2013
Art Levinson, Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri Milner Announce the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
11 Inaugural winners receive $3 million each for Groundbreaking Achievements in Life Science Research.
October 01, 2012
Three winners of the new Physics Frontiers Prize will be announced this December and become nominees for the 2013 US$ 3 million Fundamental Physics Prize.
July 31, 2012
Inaugural nine recipients of the Prize receive $27 million in aggregate, all of whom agree to form a Selection Committee to award future prizes.