The Breakthrough Prize

The Breakthrough Prizes honor important, primarily recent, achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. The prizes are sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Pony Ma, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that’s online and open to the public.

Laureates receive $3 million each in prize money, and they attend a televised award ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. Those that go on to make fresh discoveries remain eligible for future Breakthrough Prizes. Learn more at


Highlights from the Breakthrough Prize Ceremony, December 3, 2017