Australian Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt Took Out A Share Of The $US3 Million Breakthrough Prizes

Australian National University Professor Brian Schmidt, Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute Professor Adam Riess and Nobel Prize Laureate and University California, Berkeley. Professor of Physics Saul Perlmutter at the Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony Hosted By Seth MacFarlane at NASA Ames Research Center on November 9, 2014 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize)

A team led by Australian astrophysicist and Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt has won a share in one of the most valuable prizes in science.

The team was awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, sharing $3 million in prize money for discovering that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating.

“The accelerating Universe was a huge thing to be part of, and it is great for the team to receive this amazing public recognition,” says Professor Schmidt.

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is a shared honour with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess leading a collaboration of 51 total prize recipients splitting the $3 million.

The annual Breakthrough Prizes in fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics, are sponsored by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki, a founder of the genetics company 23andMe; Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma and his wife, Cathy Zhang; Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist Yuri Milner and his wife, Julia; and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

The awards celebrate scientists and are intended to generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.

In 2011, Professor Schmidt and Adam Riess from Johns Hopkins University led the High-Z Supernova Search team and shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with Saul Perlmutter and a team from the University of California, Berkeley.

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