The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) – a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration captured this amazing image of the black hole at the centre of the galaxy Messier 87. Image credit: EHT Collaboration
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation and its founding sponsors – Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki – recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Breakthrough Prize and 2020 New Horizons Prize, awarding a collective £17.6 million ($21.6 million) in recognition of important achievements in the Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics.
Now in its eighth year, the Breakthrough Prize, known as the “Oscars of Science,” annually recognises achievements in the Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics, disciplines that ask the biggest questions and seek the deepest explanations. Considered the world’s most generous science prize, each Breakthrough Prize is £2.4 million ($3 million).
This year’s winners are credited with discoveries that address important and compelling scientific questions – from “What does a black hole look like?” to “Why do chilis taste hot?” and “What are the causes of neurodegenerative disease?”
As a collective, this year’s Breakthrough Prize laureates probed the galaxies to capture the ...