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Mon, Nov 09

Breakthrough prizes give top scientists the rock star treatment

The richest awards in science are being handed out Sunday night when the Breakthrough Prize organization presents a total of $21.9 million to physicists, mathematicians, life scientists and one talented high school student. The awards will take the form of seven $3 million awards, one of which will be split among some 1,300 physicists; $500,000 split among eight early-career researchers; and $400,000 to a high school student for creating a video communicating a scientific concept.

The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin of Google; Anne Wojcicki of 23andme; Jack Ma of Alibaba and his wife, Cathy Zhang; Yuri Milner, an Internet entrepreneur, and his wife, Julia Milner; and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

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