If the music, television, and film industries can have their Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars, why can’t scientists and techies have their own night as well?
Well, that is the forethought that went into the awards show called the Breakthrough Prizes. This year’s red-carpet ceremony, which was held on Thursday evening and hosted by actor Kevin Spacey, took place attheNASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Celebrity Chef Thomas Keller and his staff prepared dinner for the attendees.
Overall, seven awards and a total of $21 million were awarded, with each recipient receiving a cash prize of $3 million. Six Breakthroughs were issued in Life Sciences and one was given in Fundamental Physics. The 2014 Breakthrough Prizes will include a new category.
At the end of the night, Zuckerberg and Milner unveiled a third category of prizes to be awarded in the coming year — the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics — with details to come in 2014.