STARS TO GATHER AT SEVENTH ANNUAL BREAKTHROUGH PRIZE CEREMONY ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
“OSCARS OF SCIENCE” TO CELEBRATE SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT AND PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LATE PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING
Hosted by Pierce Brosnan
Musical Performances by Lionel Richie and Chinese Music Sensation G.E.M.
Eddie Redmayne and Rachel McAdams to join Orlando Bloom, Ron Howard, Julianne Moore, Thandie Newton, and
Lupita Nyong’o as Presenters
Lucy Hawking to join Redmayne for
the “In Memoriam” Tribute
Ceremony to Air Live on National Geographic at 7 PM PT / 10 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO–November 2, 2018– The seventh annual Breakthrough Prize ceremony – known as the “Oscars of Science” – will bring togetherthe stars of science with leading figures from the worlds of technology, business and entertainment, to celebrate scientific achievement and pay tribute to the late Stephen Hawking, on Sunday, November 4. The ceremony will air live onNational Geographicat 7 PM PT / 10 PM ET.
This year, the ceremony will celebrate nine scientists, recognized for achievements in life sciences, fundamental physics and mathematics. All eight of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize laureates, as well as the winner of the 2018 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, will be featured at the gala ceremony.
Hosted by acclaimed actor, producer and philanthropistPierce Brosnan, the show will also center around a commemoration of Hawking, who died in March 2018. ActorEddie Redmayne, who portrayed Hawking in the 2014 film, “The Theory of Everything,” will present a tribute, and be joined onstage by Hawking’s daughter, Lucy.
This year’s celebrity guests will include musical performersLionel RichieandG.E.M., and presentersOrlando Bloom, Ron Howard,Rachel McAdams,Julianne Moore,Thandie Newton, andLupita Nyong’o.
A giant in physics, Hawking was a talismanic figure for the Breakthrough Prize. A laureate himself - he won the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2013 - he was a frequent collaborator on the Prize, as well as a partner in the Breakthrough Initiatives, a series of space science programs investigating life in the universe and interstellar travel.
The theme of the ceremony will be “Look up” - inspired by the following quote of Hawking’s, from his final popular book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, published this fall:
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
For the seventh year, the Breakthrough Prizes will recognize the world’s top scientists. Each prize is $3 million and presented in the fields of Life Sciences (up to four per year), Fundamental Physics (one per year) and Mathematics (one per year). In addition, up to three New Horizons in Physics and up to three New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes are given out to junior researchers each year. Laureates attend a live televised award ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the ceremony schedule, they also engage in a program of lectures and discussions.
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