Breakthrough initiatives at the Academy

Jamie Drew of Breakthrough Initiatives visited Wigner Research Centre for Physics. Mr. Drew is Chief of Staff and Program Director for the Breakthrough Initiatives. His visit in mid August was aimed at strengthening cooperation and building new ties in Hungary.

Jamie Drew is the chief of staff and program director for the Breakthrough Initiatives, a space science-based foundation founded in 2015 to search for life in the universe. They have several programs, one of which is called Breakthrough Starshot, which Stephen Hawking and the entrepreneur Yuri Milner announced in 2016.

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation also runs the Breakthrough Prizes which recognize the contributions of the world’s top scientists. Each prize is $3 million and awarded in the fields of Life Sciences (up to five per year), Fundamental Physics (up to one per year) and Mathematics (up to one per year). The prizes were founded by Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Yuri Milner, Julia Milner, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang.

Jamie Drew introduced the activity of the Foundation and recent prize winners.

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