(Yicai Global) Dec. 4 -- Two Chinese mathematicians have won the 'Breakthrough Prize' honoring the most outstanding achievements in the fields of life sciences, basic physics and mathematics, the Paper reported today.
The winners of the 'Breakthrough Prize' has been announced at the NASA Ames Research Center in San Francisco, California, the US. The winners will receive a total of USD22 million prize money.
The single item category of the 'Breakthrough Prize,' which aims to honor the most outstanding achievements in the fields of life sciences, basic physics and mathematics, grants USD3 million as the largest amount of prize money for the science field. As a reference, the Nobel Prize's single category award is SEK9 million (USD1.07 million).
A total of three young physicists each won the "New Horizons Award." Four young mathematicians shared three "New Horizons Award," including two Chinese mathematicians, Yun Zhiwei and Zhang Wei, both of whom graduated from the Peking University.
This year, five life scientists won the "Breakthrough Prize in Life Science," with a total of USD3 million. Five award winners in basic physics will share a total of USD3 million, while two winners in mathematics will share the same amount of grant.