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2016 Breakthrough Prize Honors Top Scientists

2016 Breakthrough PrizeThe Breakthrough Prize and its founders Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, tonight announced the recipients of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics. A combined total of $21.9 million was awarded at the 3rd Annual Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony in Silicon Valley.
The Prizes were Presented at Live Ceremony on Sunday, November 8, in Mountain View, California at 10/9c on National Geographic Channel. Seth macfarlane to host 2nd annual breakthrough prize ceremony with live performance by Pharrell Williams, and presenters Russell Crowe, Hilary Swank, Lily Collins, and Kumail Nanjiani & Martin Starr of HBO’s Silicon Valley honoring world’s foremost scientists and top mathematician.
Here is the full list of winners for Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences And Mathematics :

2016 Breakthrough Prizes In Fundamental Physics And Life Sciences
WINNER DISCOVERY
2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences
The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences honors transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life, with one prize dedicated to work that contributes to the understanding of Parkinson’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders.
Edward S. Boyden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the development and implementation of optogenetics – the programming of neurons to express light-activated ion channels and pumps, so that their electrical activity can be controlled by light.
Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute for the development and implementation of optogenetics – the programming of neurons to express light-activated ion channels and pumps, so that their electrical activity can be controlled by light.
John Hardy, University College London for discovering mutations in the Amyloid Precursor Protein gene (APP) that cause early onset Alzheimer’s disease, linking accumulation of APP-derived beta-amyloid peptide to Alzheimer’s pathogenesis and inspiring new strategies for disease prevention.
Helen Hobbs, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Howard Hughes Medical Institute for the discovery of human genetic variants that alter the levels and distribution of cholesterol and other lipids, inspiring new approaches to the prevention of cardiovascular and liver disease.
Svante Paabo, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology for pioneering the sequencing of ancient DNA and ancient genomes, thereby illuminating the origins of modern humans, our relationships to extinct relatives such as Neanderthals, and the evolution of human populations and traits.
2016 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics
The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes major insights into the deepest questions of the Universe.
Team team leaders and members
Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment Yifang Wang, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and by Kam-Biu Luk, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
KamLAND Collaboration Atsuto Suzuki, Iwate Prefectural University, Japan.
K2K (KEK to Kamioka) and T2K (Tokai to Kamioka) Long Baseline Neutrino Oscillation Experiments Koichiro Nishikawa, KEK: High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Japan.
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Arthur B. McDonald, Queen’s University, Canada.
Super-Kamiokande Collaboration Takaaki Kajita, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research and Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo; and by Yoichiro Suzuki, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo, Japan.
2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics
The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics honors the world’s best mathematicians who have contributed to major advances in the field.
Ian Agol, University of California at Berkeley and Institute for Advanced Study for spectacular contributions to low dimensional topology and geometric group theory, including work on the solutions of the tameness, virtual Haken and virtual fibering conjectures.
2016 New Horizons in Physics Prize
The New Horizons in Physics Prize is awarded to promising junior researchers who have already produced important work in fundamental physics.
B. Andrei Bernevig, Princeton University, Liang Fu, MIT, Xiao-Liang Qi, Stanford University for outstanding contributions to condensed matter physics, especially involving the use of topology to understand new states of matter.
Raphael Flauger, University of Texas at Austin, and Leonardo Senatore, Stanford University for outstanding contributions to theoretical cosmology.
Yuji Tachikawa, University of Tokyo for penetrating and incisive studies of supersymmetric quantum field theories.
2016 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize
The New Horizons in Mathematics Prize is awarded to promising junior researchers who have already produced important work in mathematics.
Larry Guth, MIT for ingenious and surprising solutions to long standing open problems in symplectic geometry, Riemannian geometry, harmonic analysis, and combinatorial geometry.
Andre Arroja Neves, Imperial College London for outstanding contributions to several areas of differential geometry, including work on scalar curvature, geometric flows, and his solution with Coda Marques of the 50-year-old Willmore Conjecture.
Peter Scholze of Bonn University Prize was declined.
2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Ryan Chester, North Royalton High School, Ohio for his science video, “Some ways to understand the special theory of relativity, and what it means about time.”

The ceremony was produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning Don Mischer Productions and broadcast live on National Geographic Channel. There will be an additional airing on FOX Sunday, November 29 at 7-8 p.m. ET/PT.
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