2017 Breakthrough Prize Recipients Announced

2017 Breakthrough Prize Recipients Announced

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2017 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences, and Mathematics.

The winners of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, each of whom will receive a cash award of $3 million, are Stephen J. Elledge (Harvard Medical School); Harry F. Noller (University of California, Santa Cruz); Roeland Nusse (Stanford University); Yoshinori Ohsumi (Tokyo Institute of Technology); and Huda Yahya Zoghbi (Baylor College of Medicine). The 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, which includes a cash award of $3 million, was awarded to Jean Bourgain (Institute for Advanced Study). In addition, New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes, which include a cash award of $100,000, were awarded to Mohammed Abouzaid (Columbia University); Hugo Deuminil-Copin (Institut des Hautes √Čtudes Scientifiques and University of Geneva); Benjamin Elias (University of Oregon); and Geordie Williamson (Kyoto University and University of Sydney).

The three winners of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, who will share a cash award of $3 million, are Joseph Polchinski (University of California, Santa Barbara); Andrew Strominger (Harvard University); and Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University). In addition, New Horizons in Physics Prizes that include a cash prize of $100,000 were awarded to Asimina Arvanitaki (Perimeter Institute, Ontario), Peter W. Graham (Stanford) and Surjeet Rajendran (University of California, Berkeley); Simone Giombi (Princeton University) and Xi Yin (Harvard); and Frans Pretorius (Princeton).

The foundation also announced the winners of its second annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a competition that invites young people between the ages of 13 and 18 to create short videos that communicate big ideas in the life sciences, physics, and math. Antonella Masini, 18, from Peru and Deanna See, 17, from Singapore will each receive up to $400,000 in educational prizes, including a scholarship worth up to $250,000, $50,000 for an inspirational teacher of their choice, and a state-of-the-art science lab valued at $100,000.

Founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, the Breakthrough Prizes are funded by Mark Zuckerberg's fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Brin Wojcicki, Jack Ma, and Milner foundations.

"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."