Inaugural nine recipients of the Prize receive US$27 million in
aggregate, all of whom agree to form a Selection Committee to award
MOSCOW, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - The Milner Foundation announces today the
launch of the Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation ("Foundation") dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the Universe at the deepest
level by awarding annual prizes for scientific breakthroughs, as well
as communicating the excitement of fundamental physics to the public.
Two categories of prizes will be awarded for past achievements in the
field of fundamental physics, with the aim of providing the recipients
with more freedom and opportunity to pursue even greater future
accomplishments. The Fundamental Physics Prize recognizes transformative advances in the field, while the New Horizons in Physics Prizes are targeted at promising junior researchers.
All prize recipients are invited to present public talks targeted at a
broad audience, on subjects ranging from the basics of modern physics
to cutting-edge research. These lectures, together with supporting
materials, will be made available to the public, allowing them to keep
abreast of the latest developments in fundamental physics, guided by
contemporary masters of the field.
In its inaugural year, the Milner Foundation has awarded nine Fundamental Physics Prizes and the recipients are:
All the recipients have agreed to serve on the Selection Committee of
the Foundation to select recipients of future prizes.
The Foundation announces also that Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate,
has agreed to join its Board of Directors. Mr. Weinberg did not
participate in the process of selecting prize recipients.
Yuri Milner commented:
"I am delighted to announce the launch of the Fundamental Physics Prize
and welcome its first recipients. I hope the new prize will bring long
overdue recognition to the greatest minds working in the field of
fundamental physics, and if this helps encourage young people to be
inspired by science, I will be deeply gratified."
About the Prize
The prizes are given annually by the Foundation for accomplishments in fundamental physics broadly defined, including
advances in closely related fields with deep connections to physics
Fundamental Physics Prize - US$3,000,000
New Horizons in Physics Prize - US$100,000
Should recognize major achievements, with special attention to recent
No age restrictions
Can be shared by any number of people
Can be received more than once
Anyone can nominate a candidate online
All submissions must be completed by a third party
(5) SELECTION COMMITTEE
Past recipients of the Fundamental Physics Prize are invited to serve on the Selection Committee to select recipients of
(6) SPECIAL PRIZE
In exceptional cases a special Fundamental Physics Prize can be awarded at any time, forgoing the nomination process
Information on the Fundamental Physics Prize is available at: http://www.fundamentalphysicsprize.org
About Yuri Milner
The Milner Foundation, established by Internet investor Yuri Milner, is
dedicated to science and technology causes. Yuri graduated from Moscow
State University in 1985 with an advanced degree in theoretical physics
and subsequently conducted research at the Institute of Physics in the
Russian Academy of Sciences.
SOURCE: Milner Foundation
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