Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics 2014

Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics 2014

Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics 2014 recipients talking about mathematics

2015 Breakthrough Prize: Cumberbatch, Zuckerberg, Tao, Taylor, Donaldson, Lurie, Kontsevich

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize ceremony was held on November 9, 2014 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. Host Seth MacFarlane was joined by actors Kate Beckinsale, Cameron Diaz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Hamm and Eddie Redmayne, who presented the Breakthrough Prizes alongside Silicon Valley's Dick Costolo, Laurene Jobs, Elon Musk, Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions.

2015 Math Panel with Donaldson, Kontsevich, Lurie, Tao, Taylor, Milner

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 10, 2014 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC-San Francisco and UC-Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.



2014 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: Stephen Hawking Introduction

The 2014 Breakthrough Prize ceremony took place on December 12, 2013 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions. The audience included leading figures from the worlds of technology, business, entertainment and academia. The ceremony started with a video message from Stephen Hawking and was hosted by Kevin Spacey. From Hollywood, Glenn Close, Rob Lowe, Michael C. Hall and Anna Kendrick presented awards alongside Google’s Larry Page and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, as well as Breakthrough Prize founding sponsors Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner.

2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics awarded to Jean Bourgain

December 5, 2016 - NAS foreign associate Jean Bourgain was awarded the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Jean Bourgain is IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. He was awarded the Prize for multiple transformative contributions to analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations, high-dimensional geometry and number theory.

This video was created by National Geographic and The Breakthrough Prize.

You can learn more about his work at

Jacob Lurie: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 10, 2014 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC-San Francisco and UC-Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.



2014 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: Michael Hall and Larry Page

The 2014 Breakthrough Prize ceremony took place on December 12, 2013 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions. The audience included leading figures from the worlds of technology, business, entertainment and academia. The ceremony started with a video message from Stephen Hawking and was hosted by Kevin Spacey. From Hollywood, Glenn Close, Conan O’Brien, Rob Lowe, Michael C. Hall and Anna Kendrick presented awards alongside Google’s Larry Page and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, as well as Breakthrough Prize founding sponsors Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner.

2018 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony Highlights (Chinese Subtitled)

The recipients of the 2018 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics were presented to the public on December 3, 2017 at a gala awards ceremony at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. The event was hosted by Morgan Freeman, with a live performance by Wiz Khalifa and musician Nana Ou-Yang, and presentations from Mayim Bialik, Lily Collins, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Katie Ledecky, Kerry Washington, John Urschel, Miss USA Kára McCullough, Susan Wojcicki, Kevin Systrom, Sam Altman, Demis Hassabis and the founders of the Breakthrough Prize. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions and broadcast live on National Geographic, Facebook and YouTube. Learn more about the Breakthrough Prize at

2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: Ryan Chester, Priscilla Chan, Sal Khan

Ryan Chester accepts the Breakthrough Junior Challenge live onstage at the Breakthrough Prize ceremony.

The 2016 Breakthrough Prize ceremony was held November 8, 2015 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. Host Seth MacFarlane was joined by Christina Aguilera, Russell Crowe, Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank, Lily Collins, Thomas Middleditch and Martin Starr, who presented the Breakthrough Prizes alongside Silicon Valley's Sundar Pinchai, Drew Houston, Jan Koum, Sal Khan and prize founders Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri Milner and Jack Ma (on video from China). During the show, Pharrell Williams performed “Freedom” before an audience that included leading figures from the worlds of technology, business, entertainment and academia. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions. The show was broadcast live on National Geographic channel and later on Fox and National Geographic channels worldwide.

Pulling back the curtain: Terence Tao on mathematics in the Internet age

2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics winner Terence Tao talks about how online collaboration is supercharging math and science, including the Polymath project that led to his solution of the famous Erdős discrepancy problem.

Terence Tao: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 10, 2014 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC-San Francisco and UC-Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.



2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium Welcome Panel (Part 2)

Part 2 of the Welcome Panel for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was hosted by Fred Guterl, Executive Editor, Scientific American, and included Terence Tao, Saul Perlmutter, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier.

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 10, 2014 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC-San Francisco and UC-Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.



Don Cleveland: 2018 Breakthrough Prize Award Presentation

The recipients of the 2018 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics were presented to the public on December 3, 2017 at a gala awards ceremony at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. The event was hosted by Morgan Freeman, with a live performance by Wiz Khalifa and musician Nana Ou-Yang, and presentations from Mayim Bialik, Lily Collins, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Katie Ledecky, Kerry Washington, John Urschel, Miss USA Kára McCullough, Susan Wojcicki, Kevin Systrom, Sam Altman, Demis Hassabis and the founders of the Breakthrough Prize. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions and broadcast live on National Geographic, Facebook and YouTube. Learn more about the Breakthrough Prize at

Simon Donaldson: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 10, 2014 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC-San Francisco and UC-Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.



Mathematicians awarded $3 million for cracking century-old problem

Mathematicians awarded $3 million for cracking century-old problem
Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Laureates James McKernan (L) and Christopher Hacon attend the 2018 Breakthrough Prize at NASA Ames Research Center on December 3, 2017 in Mountain View, California. C...

Richard Taylor: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 10, 2014 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC-San Francisco and UC-Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.



Maxim Kontsevich: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 10, 2014 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC-San Francisco and UC-Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.



2017 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony Highlights

The 2017 Breakthrough Prize ceremony was held on December 4, 2016 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. Host Morgan Freeman was joined by Vin Diesel, Alicia Keys, Kevin Durant, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Alex Rodriguez, Will.i.am and astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, who presented the Breakthrough Prizes alongside technologists Daniel Ek, Hiroshi Mikitani, Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki and prize founders Pricilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, and Yuri Milner. Alicia Keys performed the song “More Than We Know” from her new album “Here.” The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions. The show was broadcast live on National Geographic channel and later on Fox and National Geographic channels worldwide.

How Much Can We Know? 2018 Breakthrough Prize Symposium Panel

Karl Deisseroth (Stanford University), Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University), Christopher Hacon (University of Utah) and Yuri Milner (Moderator).

Our brains evolved to understand the African savannah. Can those same brains comprehend quantum gravity? Are there hard biological limits on how smart we can get? If so, can we surpass them by becoming post-biological? What about hard physical or mathematical limits on what can be known?

The 2018 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held December 4, 2017 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests. The evening culminated with a banquet honoring winners of the New Horizons in Physics and Mathematics Prizes. Learn more about the Breakthrough Prize at

The Breakthrough Prize Awards 2014

December 12, 2013 (San Francisco) - The names of the 2014 Breakthrough Prize winners in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences were unveiled at an exclusive ceremony at the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA. At a total awarded amount of $21 million, sponsored by Sergey Brin & Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma & Cathy Zhang, Yuri & Julia Milner and Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan, the prizes aim to celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes transformative achievements in the field of fundamental physics, with a special focus on recent developments. The 2014 winners are:

· Michael B. Green, University of Cambridge, and John H. Schwarz, California Institute of Technology, for opening new perspectives on quantum gravity and the unification of forces.

The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. The 2014 recipients are:

· James Allison, MD Anderson Cancer Center for the discovery of T cell checkpoint blockade as effective cancer therapy.

· Mahlon DeLong, Emory University for defining the interlocking circuits in the brain that malfunction in Parkinson's disease. This scientific foundation underlies the circuit-based treatment of Parkinson's disease by deep brain stimulation.

· Michael Hall, University of Basel for the discovery of Target of Rapamycin (TOR) and its role in cell growth control.

· Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for discoveries leading to the development of controlled drug-release systems and new biomaterials.

· Richard Lifton, Yale University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute for the discovery of genes and biochemical mechanisms that cause hypertension.

· Alexander Varshavsky, California Institute of Technology for discovering critical molecular determinants and biological functions of intracellular protein degradation.

Scientists should be celebrated as heroes, and we are honored to be part of today's celebration of the newest winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and the Fundamental Physics Prize, said Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin.

The prize ceremony was hosted by actor Kevin Spacey, and awards were presented by the Prize sponsors and by celebrities including Conan O'Brien, Glenn Close, Rob Lowe and Michael C. Hall. The event was organized in cooperation with Vanity Fair and produced and directed by Don Mischer, the producer and director of the Academy Awards, among other television and live events. Grammy-nominated singer Lana Del Ray performed live for the guests of the ceremony.

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