Actor, Producer and Philanthropist Pierce Brosnan will Host the “7th Annual Breakthrough Prize” Ceremony

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“7th Annual Breakthrough Prize”
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.

7thAnnual Breakthrough Prize

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          This year, a total of seven $3 million prizes will be awarded – four in life sciences, two in fundamental physics, and one in mathematics. One of the two physics prizes - the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – was awarded in September to the British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell for her discovery of pulsars – a detection first announced in February 1968 – and her inspiring scientific leadership over the last five decades. 
          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.