Seth MacFarlane to Host 2nd Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony

“Family Guy” creator and “Cosmos” executive producer Seth MacFarlane will host the 2nd annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony, honoring the world’s top scientists and mathematicians.

Founded by Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma, Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, the Breakthrough Prizes, awarded in fundamental physics, mathematics and life sciences, aim to “celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.” Each laureate receives an award of $3 million with their Breakthrough Prize.

The Selection Committee for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics includes:

  • Nima Arkani-Hamed
  • Lyn Evans
  • Fabiola Gianotti
  • Michael B. Green
  • Alan Guth
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Joseph Incandela
  • Alexei Kitaev
  • Maxim Kontsevich
  • Juan Maldacena
  • Alexander Polyakov
  • Nathan Seiberg
  • Ashoke Sen
  • John H. Schwarz
  • Edward Witten

The Selection Committee for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences includes:

  • James P. Allison
  • Cornelia I. Bargmann
  • David Botstein
  • Lewis C. Cantley
  • Hans Clevers
  • Titia de Lange
  • Mahlon R. DeLong
  • Napoleone Ferrara
  • Michael N. Hall
  • Eric S. Lander
  • Robert Langer
  • Richard P. Lifton
  • Charles L. Sawyers
  • Alexander Varshavsky
  • Bert Vogelstein
  • Robert A. Weinberg
  • Shinya Yamanaka

The ceremony will take place in Silicon Valley on Nov. 9 with award presenters including Kate Beckinsale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Diaz, Jon Hamm and Eddie Redmayne. The event will be televised in the U.S. at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15 on Discovery Channel and Science Channel, and globally on Nov. 22 on BBC World News.

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