The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2018 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences, and Mathematics.
The winners of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, each of whom will receive a cash award of $3 million, are Joanne Chory (Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Howard Hughes Medical Institute), Don W. Cleveland (Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego), Kazutoshi Mori (Kyoto University), Kim Nasmyth (University of Oxford), and Peter Walter (University of California, San Francisco).
The 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, which includes a cash award of $3 million, was awarded jointly to Christopher Hacon (University of Utah) and James McKernan (University of California, San Diego). In addition, New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes, which include a cash award of $100,000 each, were awarded to Aaron Naber (Northwestern University), Maryna Viazovska (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Zhiwei Yun (Yale University), and Wei Zhang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University).
The three winners of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, who will share a cash award of $3 million, are Charles L. Bennett (Johns Hopkins University), Gary Hinshaw (University of British Columbia), Norman Jarosik (Princeton University), Lyman Page, Jr. (Princeton University), and David N. Spergel (Princeton University). And New Horizons in Physics Prizes that include a cash prize of $100,000 were awarded to Christopher Hirata (Ohio State University), Andrea Young (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Douglas Stanford (Institute for Advanced Study and Stanford University).
The foundation also announced the winners of its third 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. Hillary Diane Andales, 18, of the Philippines will receive $250,000 in educational prizes; her science teacher will receive $50,000; and her school will receive a new science laboratory valued at $100,000 designed by and in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
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.
"The Breakthrough Prize was created to celebrate the achievements of scientists, physicists, and mathematicians, whose genius help us understand our world, and whose advances shape our future," said Zuckerberg. "The world needs their inspiration, and their reminder that even though it doesn’t always feel that way, we are making steady progress toward building a better future for everyone. Priscilla and I want to congratulate all of tonight’s laureates and give our deepest thanks for all that they do.