Forbes and The Mercury News report on the red carpet event announcing the Breakthrough Prizes for 2017, totalling $22 million.
From The Mercury News:
The awards, conceived by theoretical physics dropout and entrepreneur Yuri Milner, are funded by Milner and his wife, Julia, and several Silicon Valley tech titans: Sergey Brin, of Google; Anne Wojcicki, of 23andMe; and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician at UC San Francisco….
A total of seven $3 million prizes were awarded. In addition, three $100,000 New Horizons in Physics Prizes were awarded to three early-career physicists, and three New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes totaling $300,000 were awarded to four early-career mathematicians. The Breakthrough Junior Challenge recognized one student with a $250,000 scholarship and provided an additional $150,000 in educational prizes for the winner’s science teacher and school.
The winning scientists in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics are listed in a Forbes article.