Blog 51 A New Series of Prizes with Big Dollar Amount Annual Budgets By Award-winning Author, Adventurer and Scientist Mark Kingston Levin PhD.
The world looks positive when you realize that the Nobel Prize has been surpassed and magnified by $22 million in awards in 2019
Figure 1. Billionaire Yuri Milner talks about a New Breakthrough Prize category for finding life outside Earth, the largest financial reward about $3 million, for finding life such as on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn or elsewhere like Mars.
What is the Breakthrough Prize and who set it up?
Figure 2, left. Sergey Brin Co-Founder of Google and president of the parent company Alphabet
Figure 3, right. Precilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, He founded Facebook. She went to Harvard for her undergrad with an MD from one of our nation top medical schools, UCSF. She is a practicing pediatrician and philanthropist.
Figure 4 Julie and Yuri Milner are best known for their philanthropy such as being co-founders of Breakthrough. They are both science enthusiast and billionaires. Behind the most successful man is a great woman; Julie is an artist and a philanthropist. I have never met any of these people that are doing so much for our culture and science programs. I just want to say thank you.
“The Breakthrough Prize Foundation and its sponsors are Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner and Anne Wojcicki. “They announced today the recipients of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize, awarding a collective total of $22 million to nine researchers for important achievements in the Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics.”
Figure 5, left. Anne Woicicki is co-founder and CEO of 23andME. She is the former spouse of Sergey Brin.
Figure 6, right. Ma Huateng is from China. He is the founder and CEO of the largest conglomerate in Asia.
According to their press release: “The 2019 Breakthrough Prize and New Horizon Prize recipients will be recognized at the seventh annual Breakthrough Prize ceremony, known as the “Oscars of Science,” hosted by acclaimed actor, producer and philanthropist Pierce Brosnan, on Sunday, November 4, at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, and broadcast live on National Geographic.
“Considered the world’s most generous science prize, each Breakthrough Prize is for $3 million, which over three times the size of the Nobel Award. Now in its seventh year, the Breakthrough Prize recognizes achievements in the Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics, the disciplines that ask the biggest questions and find the deepest explanations.”
The discoveries recognized this year include:
• In the Life Sciences, a spectacularly successful gene therapy drug, Spinraza, that treats Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a deadly infant disease
• A super-resolution imaging technology that transcends traditional light microscopy revealing entirely new internal structures of cells
• The revelation of a mechanism by which cells detect foreign DNA and trigger immune response, with implications for cancer and autoimmune diseases
• Insight into how abnormal numbers of chromosomes are implicated in almost all cancers and can otherwise wreak havoc in the human body.
• In Fundamental Physics, mind-bending theoretical advances including the discovery of a new class of electronic materials that simultaneously conduct and resist electricity and could prove trans formative for quantum computing.
• And in Mathematics, for elegant and groundbreaking contributions to the Langland’s program in the function field case.
In addition to the seven main-stage prizes, a total of six New Horizons Prizes, worth $100,000 each, were awarded to seven physicists and five mathematicians for early-career achievements in their respective fields. Full citations can be found below.
The gala-event will bring together luminaries of the science and tech communities with celebrities, athletes and musicians, all attending with the common goal of celebrating science and scientific achievement. This year’s ceremony was broadcast live on Nat Geo, YouTube and Facebook Live from the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.
In September, an additional Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was announced, recognizing British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell for her role in the surprise discovery of pulsars – an exotic new type of star – first announced in February 1968, and for her inspiring scientific leadership over the last five decades.” Thank you to all those giving big donations for the Breakthrough Prize!
Mark Kingston Levin PhD author of 30th Century series book 2 30th Century: Revived, which was release on Amazon April 29, 2018.
Dr. Levin won the IRWIN for the Best Science Fiction Book of 2017 for the first book in the series, 30th Century: Escape. To read the first three chapters, see www.markkingstonlevin.com.
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Dr. Levin was born and grew up in Vermont with many winters spent in Florida as a child. As a teenager he wrote poetry, served as a lifeguard and played football. He currently enjoys sailing, exploring underwater caves, snorkeling, writing science fiction and other pursuits. After working on the Apollo and Mars projects, he returned to school to study under Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac, obtaining his PhD in 2.5 years. Dr. Levin founded two companies and served the science policy apparatus in President Ford’s administration. He has been published over 44 times in scientific literature and was awarded over 32 US patents. The science fiction writer is now emerging with his first work, a trilogy titled 30th Century.
The first award-winning book, 30th Century: Escape, is currently available on Amazon both in its original erotic form BUY HERE and the new, toned-down General Audience Edition in both Kindle and in full-color print BUY PRINT HERE. Book two in the series, 30th Century: Revived, is available HERE in both e-book and print. Look for book 3 in the series, 30th Century: Contact, by early 2019!
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