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Happy birthday Simon Donaldson, has transformed our understanding of four-dimensional shapes, showing which ones can be “tamed” with the kind of equations that mathematicians can solve. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #simondonaldson

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Happy birthday to Jim Allison, who pioneered cancer immunotherapy - and conquered conventional wisdom to get it taken seriously. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #jimallison

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Happy birthday to Stephen Elledge. Among his many discoveries in biology, he idenitfied DNA sensors - molecular machines that scan your genes for the trillions of mutations that happen in all our bodies every day. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #stephenelledge

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4 weeks ago

Happy birthday to Cumrun Vafa. As a boy, Vafa wondered what makes the Moon hang in the sky. He went on to make deep discoveries about black holes, string theory and the geometry of spacetime - which is what keeps the Moon circling the Earth. 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #cumrunvafa

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Happy birthday to Harvard's Andrew Strominger, one of the leading minds on string theory and quantum gravity. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #andrewstrominger

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Happy birthday to Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of pulsars and scientific leader for half a century. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #jocelynbell

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Happy birthday to Ashoke Sen, pioneer of string theory and inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics laureate. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #AshokeSen

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June 2019

Happy birthday Michael Hall, who won the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his discovery of the TOR pathway, by which cells communicate with surrounding tissue about nutrients and other chemicals, and so regulate their growth, division, and lifespan. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #michaelhall

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June 2019

Happy birthday Harry Noller, who won the Breakthrough Prize for his work on ribosomes - the tiny factories inside all living cells that read the genetic code and churn out the proteins it specifies. Dr. Noller showed that the key players in ribosomes are RNAs - not proteins, as had previously been assumed. This was not only a fundamental new insight, but provides key evidence that life may have begun as an "RNA world", before the arrival of either proteins or DNA. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #harrynoller

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June 2019

Happy birthday Roeland Nusse, who won the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his work on the Wnt pathway, the cellular signaling system that governs key processes in organisms' growth and development. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #roelandnusse

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June 2019

Happy birthday Bert Vogelstein - winner of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his visionary work figuring out which genes mutate in cancers. This allowed the discovery of new cancer-related genes, and new methods of early diagnosis. Dr Vogelstein is a passionate advocate of focusing on preventing, not just curing, cancer. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #bertvogelstein

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June 2019

Happy birthday to Kip Thorne: Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics laureate, discoverer of gravitational waves, master of Einstein's theory of relativity, and a world-class science communicator too. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #kipthorne

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May 2019

Happy birthday Michael Green, string theory pioneer! Thirty-five years ago, few physicists took string theory seriously as a description of reality. But in 1984 Green, working with John Schwarz, developed superstring theory, and resolved some of its problematic inconsistencies with quantum theory. This work kindled the “first superstring revolution,” which led to an explosion of interest in the theory. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #michaelgreen

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May 2019

Happy birthday Ian Agol, who won the Breakthrough Prize for his work on 3-manifolds. If you look at just a small section of the surface of a sphere - like the Earth's surface - it looks flat. But seen from space, it curves. Mathematicians call such a surface a 2-manifold. There are also 3-dimensional versions of such surfaces,which are generally far harder to handle mathematically. But recent decades have brought rapid progress in the field. Ian Agol proved two famous conjectures about 3-manifolds, completing the solution of an important class of problems. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #ianagol

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May 2019

Heart disease is the biggest cause of death worldwide. Helen Hobbs and her colleagues built the Dallas Heart Survey - a large, ethnically diverse database of people in the Dallas area - and by studying it discovered a genetic mutations that lower cholesterol levels. Her discoveries led to the development of a new class of highly effective cholesterol-lowering drugs. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #helenhobbs

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April 2019

Happy birthday to Svante Pääbo, pioneer of paleogenetics, whose work has rewritten the early history of humanity. Thanks to him and his team, we know that we interbred with both Neanderthals and another now extinct human species, the Denisovans. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #svantepääbo

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April 2019

Happy birthday to Nima Arkani-Hamed, whose brilliant ideas spanning from particle physics to cosmology won him an inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2012. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #nimaarkanihamed

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March 2019

Happy birthday to Hans Clevers of Hubrecht Institute, who won the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2013, and whose work on stem cells and organ development continues to produce major advances. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #hansclevers

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March 2019

Gary Ruvkun of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital discovered a new world of genetic regulation by tiny molecules called microRNAs - with implications from modern medicine to the ancient story of life on Earth. Happy birthday, Gary. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #garyruvkun

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March 2019

The echo of the Big Bang still resounds around us. Happy birthday to David Spergel, head theorist on the WMAP team that mapped the contours of these reverberations to amazing sensitivity, revealing new secrets of the early Universe. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #davidspergel

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March 2019

Happy birthday to @rockefelleruniv ’s David Allis, pioneer of epigenetics, who showed that it's not only DNA itself that builds and runs organisms, but also its supporting protein packaging. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #davidallis

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March 2019

Happy birthday to @salkinstitute ’s Joanne Chory, whose simple but powerful experimental ideas revealed how plants use sunlight to grow. Now she's using plant power to combat climate change. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #joannechory

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March 2019

Ever marvelled at the perfect perspective in Renaissance paintings? The math behind it led to "projective geometry" in dimensions way beyond the three we experience. Happy birthday to James McKernan, who won the 2018 Breakthrough Prize for his deep work in this field. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #jamesmckernan

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March 2019

At this moment, over 60 billion neutrinos are passing through every square centimetre of your body. We can’t feel them, see them or hear them. Happy birthday to Takaaki Kajita, who with his colleagues managed to observe them and reveal their ghostly, shapeshifting behavior. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #takaakikajita

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March 2019

The Universe's expansion in the first instants of the Big Bang may have been unimaginably fast - but Andrei Linde imagined it anyway. His theories about cosmic inflation and the Multiverse have been hugely influential on modern cosmology. Happy birthday, Andrei. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #breakthroughprize #andreilinde #cosmology

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January 2019

Happy birthday to the late Stephen Hawking, 2013 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics laureate and co-founder of the Breakthrough Initiatives. Thank you for your discovery of Hawking radiation from black holes, and your deep contributions to quantum gravity and quantum aspects of the early Universe. . 📷 @brigittelacombe #StephenHawking

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October 2018

Meet Xiaowei Zhuang, winner of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for her development of STORM imaging, enabling ultra-high-res images of molecules and cellular structures 10,000x smaller than the width of a human hair - including some previously unknown to science. • Don’t forget to watch the 7th annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony live on NatGeo and Streaming on Breakthrough’s YouTube and Facebook, Sunday, November 4th at 7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern. • #BreakthroughPrize #BTP2019 #SiliconValley #Science #Physics #LifeSciences #Mathematics @nasaames @nasa

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October 2018

Meet Frank Bennett and Adrian Krainer, winners of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for their development of a new gene therapy that's had spectacular results on the leading genetic cause of infant death. • Don’t forget to watch the 7th annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony on Sunday, November 4th at 7 pm Pacific / 10 pm Eastern. The ceremony will be broadcast live on @natgeo , @youtube , and @facebook#BreakthroughPrize #BTP2019 #SiliconValley #Science #Physics #LifeSciences #Mathematics @nasaames @nasa

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October 2018

Meet Zhijian “James” Chen, winner of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his discovery of a protein that senses DNA and triggers the body’s immune response - and how this connects to cancer and autoimmune disease. • Don’t forget to tune in to the 7th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony on Sunday, November 4th at 7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern. The ceremony will be broadcast live on @natgeo , @youtube and @facebook#BreakthroughPrize #BTP2019 #SiliconValley #Science #Physics #LifeSciences #Mathematics @nasaames @nasa @piercebrosnanofficial @facebook @youtube @instagram @utswnews

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October 2018

Meet Charles Kane and Eugene Mele, winners of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for their discovery of topological insulators, a new class of bizarre electronic materials whose potential applications include quantum computing. • Don’t forget to tune in to the 7th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony on Sunday, November 4th at 7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern. The ceremony will be broadcast live on @natgeo , @youtube and @facebook#BreakthroughPrize #BTP2019 #SiliconValley #Science #Physics #LifeSciences #Mathematics @nasaames @nasa @piercebrosnanofficial @facebook @youtube @instagram @uofpenn @pennsas

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October 2018

Meet Vincent Lafforgue, winner of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics for his elegant and groundbreaking contribution to the Langlands program, which builds bridges between separate mathematical fields. • #BreakthroughPrize #BTP2019 #SiliconValley #Science #Physics #LifeSciences #Mathematics @nasaames @nasa

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October 2018

Meet Angelika Amon, winner of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for her insights into the effects of abnormal chromosome numbers - including on cancers. • #BreakthroughPrize #BTP2019 #SiliconValley #Science #Physics #LifeSciences #Mathematics @nasaames @nasa

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