- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2013

Facebook’s and Google’s founders set aside their rivalries to create the “Breakthrough Prize” for science that’s worth more than double the value of the Nobel prize.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, and Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki have joined forces to launch the Breakthrough in Life Sciences Award, worth $3 million, The Daily Mail reports.

The prize will be awarded to those with the best ideas in science, medicine, and technology and foundation, lead by the winner, is intended to fund scientists working on research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life.

“Our society needs more heroes who are scientists, researchers and engineers,” Zuckerberg said in a statement. “We need to celebrate and reward the people who cure diseases, expand our understanding of humanity and work to improve people’s lives…At $3 million per prize, it’s the largest prize for this work in the world. I’m hopeful this serves as a blueprint for prizes and philanthropy in other fields as well.”

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide