Scientists receive $3 million Breakthrough Prize from Silicon Valley honchos and celebrities! #science

The Breakthrough Prize is my new favorite thing!!!

Tech tycoons, boffins and celebs all rubbed shoulders at a lavish ceremony at NASA’s Hangar One on Sunday night, where the wealthy board led by Yuri Milner heaped millions on scientists for breakthroughs in life sciences, maths and fundamental physics.

The Prizes are given out by a panel of tech giants and the award ceremony is swarming with celebrities! This idea is awesome for so many reasons… but mostly because it awards scientists in a manner that is fitting for their contributions to society. Why shouldn’t scientists be awarded large cash prizes amongst celebrities?!? If their science can lead to treatments or cures for diseases that affect hundreds, thousands, or millions of people around the world? Not only does this award ceremony make science a bit more alluring and sexy, the awardees include many scientists doing basic science research, including C. elegans biology (Shout out to Gary Ruvkun and Victor Ambros!)!

Check out the list of winners and celebrity attendees here. A fun article here at the Register summarizes the prizes and the evening!