Sunday, November 4 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on National Geographic Channel
Hosted by Pierce Brosnan, the program will include a tribute to the late, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March 2018. Now in its seventh year, Silicon Valley’s Breakthrough Prize – the world’s most generous science prize – honors paradigm-shifting research and discovery in the fields of fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics.
The Breakthrough Prize, known as the “Oscars of Science,” will feature a musical performance by Academy Award winner and four-time Grammy Award winner Lionel Richie, and a special performance by China’s top-selling female artist and Artist of the Year G.E.M., who will perform her song “Light Years Away,” which has achieved more than one billion views in just a year’s time.
The Breakthrough Prizes are sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. Selection Committees composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates in each field choose the winners.
The event will air live from the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley in celebration of science and the achievements of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize laureates.