Ninth Breakthrough Prize Ceremony Hollywood Luminaries And Prominent Leaders Of The Business Community And Academia Gather In Full Force To Celebrate Science

Ninth Breakthrough Prize Ceremony Hollywood Luminaries And Prominent Leaders Of The Business Community And Academia Gather In Full Force To Celebrate Science

Hollywood Rallies to Honor Scientists and Scientific Achievement

Grammy-Winning Artist John Legend to Perform at Ninth Breakthrough Prize Ceremony

Kristen Bell, Leslie Odom Jr., and Chris Pine Join All-Star Lineup of Presenters, including Previously Announced Magnus Carlsen, Lily Collins, Danny DeVito, Robert Downey Jr., Gal Gadot, Mae Jemison, Brie Larson, Edward Norton, Lauren Ridloff, and Chloé Zhao

Ceremony Hosted by James Corden; Will Premiere on YouTube on Saturday, April 22 at Noon PT

Hollywood luminaries and prominent leaders of the business community and academia will gather in full force to celebrate science and scientific achievement at the ninth Breakthrough Prize ceremony, with Grammy-winning artist John Legend newly announced to perform live at the event on Saturday, April 15, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Hosted by actor and Emmy Award winner James Corden, the ceremony will feature appearances by Kristen Bell, Leslie Odom Jr., and Chris Pine, who are joining an all-star lineup of presenters, including the previously announced Magnus Carlsen, Lily Collins, Danny DeVito, Robert Downey Jr., Gal Gadot, Mae Jemison, Brie Larson, Edward Norton, Lauren Ridloff, and Chloé Zhao. Singer-songwriter Chris Isaak will perform at the event’s official after party.

The ceremony will premiere on YouTube on Saturday, April 22 at Noon PT.

Ninth Breakthrough Prize Ceremony Hollywood Luminaries And Prominent Leaders Of The Business Community And Academia Gather In Full Force To Celebrate Science

The special event will bring together stars of stage, screen, and sport to honor the world’s leading scientists whose work fuels modern day scientific achievement.

The Breakthrough Prize celebrates the research achievements of the world’s top scientists, awarding more than $15 million in prizes annually. Each Breakthrough Prize is $3 million and is presented in the fields of Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics.

Additionally, each year New Horizons Prizes in Physics and Mathematics ($100,000) are awarded to early-career researchers, as well as the Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize ($50,000) that recognizes women mathematicians who have recently completed PhDs and produced important results.

This year’s Breakthrough Prize ceremony will be the first staged since 2019 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and will spotlight a select grouping of Breakthrough Prize laureates, representative of winners from the three previous years (2021, 2022, and 2023).

Eleven winners of the principal $3 million prizes will be joined by the 2023 winners of the Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize and by three recent winners of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global science-video competition for students 13-18 sponsored by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.

Laureates to receive their accolades amid the glitter and glamor of a gala awards show attended by Hollywood stars of stage and screen include Shankar Balasubramanian (Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences), Charles H. Bennett (Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics), Gilles Brassard (Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics), Katalin Karikó (Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences).

Jeffery W. Kelly (Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences), David Klenerman (Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences), Yuk Ming Dennis Lo (Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences), Pascal Mayer(Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences), Peter W. Shor (Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics), Daniel A. Spielman (Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics),and Drew Weissman (Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences).

Maggie Miller, Jinyoung Park, and Vera Traub (Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers in Math Prize winners) and Breakthrough Junior Challenge winners Noor Haideri (2022), Amber Kwok(2021), and Maryam Tsegaye (2020) will also be honored during the show. 

Don Mischer Productions

The ceremony will be produced by Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare and directed by Don Mischer. Don Mischer Productions is an internationally acclaimed production company for television and live events, which has consistently produced programs that share the best of the human experience, whether it be the work of our most acclaimed artists or the celebration of our greatest international events. DMP is always at the forefront of their craft, with an eye to innovate and advance the art form.

Some of their marquee productions include the Academy Awards; Super Bowl halftime shows (Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, among others); We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial; The Emmy Awards; The Billboard Music Awards; and the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.

Other productions include Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity; Rock The Troops with Dwayne Johnson; and Taking The Stage: the Opening Celebration for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

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About Breakthrough Prize

Known popularly as the “Oscars® of Science,” the Breakthrough Prize recognizes the research achievements of the world’s top scientists, awarding approximately $15 million annually in prizes. Each prize is $3 million and presented in the fields of Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics.

In addition, up to three New Horizons in Physics Prizes ($100,000), up to three New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes ($100,000), and up to three Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prizes ($50,000) are given out to early-career researchers each year.

Laureates attend a gala award ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Julia and Yuri Milner, and Anne Wojcicki and have been sponsored by foundations established by them.

Selection Committees composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates in each field choose the winners. Information on the Breakthrough Prize is available at breakthroughprize.org.

About the Breakthrough Prize Foundation

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation is a charitable foundation founded by science philanthropist and technology investor, Yuri Milner and his wife Julia, dedicated to advancing fundamental knowledge, celebrating scientific achievement, and utilizing scientific and technological innovations to improve people’s lives and inspire future generations.

The Foundation’s programs include the Breakthrough Prize, which recognizes the world’s top scientists in the fields of Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics; the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, an annual global video competition for students to inspire creative scientific thinking; and the Breakthrough Initiatives, a suite of science programs investigating the fundamental questions of life in the Universe.

Most recently, other philanthropic activities of Julia and Yuri Milner have included humanitarian efforts both in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

Attending Breakthrough Prize Laureates

Shankar Balasubramanian
University of Cambridge
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
For the development of a robust and affordable method to determine DNA sequences on a massive scale, which has transformed the practice of science and medicine.

Charles H. Bennett
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
For foundational work in the field of quantum information.

Gilles Brassard
Université de Montréal
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
For foundational work in the field of quantum information.

Katalin Karikó
BioNTech and University of Pennsylvania
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
For engineering modified RNA technology which enabled rapid development of effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Jeffery W. Kelly
Scripps Research Institute
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
For elucidating the molecular basis of neurodegenerative and cardiac transthyretin diseases, and for developing tafamidis, a drug that slows their progression.

David Klenerman
University of Cambridge
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
For the development of a robust and affordable method to determine DNA sequences on a massive scale, which has transformed the practice of science and medicine.

Yuk Ming Dennis Lo
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
For discovering that fetal DNA is present in maternal blood and can be used for the prenatal testing of trisomy 21 and other genetic disorders.

Pascal Mayer
Alphanosos
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
For the development of a robust and affordable method to determine DNA sequences on a massive scale, which has transformed the practice of science and medicine.

Peter W. Shor
MIT
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
For foundational work in the field of quantum information.

Daniel A. Spielman
Yale University
Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics
For breakthrough contributions to theoretical computer science and mathematics, including to spectral graph theory, the Kadison-Singer problem, numerical linear algebra, optimization, and coding theory.

Drew Weissman
University of Pennsylvania
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
For engineering modified RNA technology which enabled rapid development of effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Attending Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize Winners

Maggie Miller
Stanford University and Clay Mathematics Institute (PhD Princeton University 2020)
Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize
For work on fibered ribbon knots and surfaces in 4-dimensional manifolds.

Jinyoung Park
Stanford University (PhD Rutgers University 2020)
Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize
For contributions to the resolution of several major conjectures on thresholds and selector processes.

Vera Traub
University of Bonn (PhD University of Bonn 2020)
Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize
For advances in approximation results in classical combinatorial optimization problems, including the traveling salesman problem and network design.

Attending Breakthrough Junior Challenge Winners

Noor Haideri
Breakthrough Junior Challenge Winner
Melanopsin and ipRGCs

Amber Kwok
Breakthrough Junior Challenge Winner
Van der Waals and Casimir Forces

Maryam Tsegaye
Breakthrough Junior Challenge Winner
Quantum Tunneling

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