The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced the winners of the 2019 Breakthrough Prizes in life sciences, fundamental physics, and mathematics.
Through the program, nine researchers in three different fields will receive a total of $22 million in recognition of their achievements. The winners of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, each of whom will receive a cash award of $3 million, are Angelika Moon (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute); Xiaowei Zhuang (Harvard University and HHMI); Zhijian "James" Chen (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and HHMI); and the team of C. Frank Bennett (Ionis Pharmaceuticals) and Adrian R. Krainer (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), who will share a $3 million cash award.
The 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, which includes a cash award of $3 million, went to Vincent Lafforgue (National Center for Scientific Research, France). In addition, New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes, which include a cash award of $100,000, were given to Chenyang Xu (MIT), the team of Karim Adiprasito (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and June Huh (Institute for Advanced Study), and the team of Kaisa Matomäki (University of Turku, Finland) and Maksym Radziwill (California Institute of Technology).
The winners of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, which includes a cash award of $3 million, was given to the University of Pennsylvania team of Charles Kane and Eugene Mele. And New Horizons in Physics Prizes, which include a cash award of $100,000, were given to Brian Metzger (Columbia University); the team of Rana Adhikari (CalTech), Lisa Barsotti (MIT), and Matthew Evans (MIT); and Daniel Harlow (MIT), Daniel L. Jafferis (Harvard), and Aron Wall (Stanford University).
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 Zuckerberg's fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Brin Wojcicki, Jack Ma, and Milner foundations.
"The winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences show us all how it's done," said Cori Bargmann, chair of the selection committee. "Through creativity, innovation, persistence, and skill, each of them brought about an advance that was previously unimaginable."