Billionaires Support Science research

March 12, 2013
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Several Silicon valley billionaires, including Mark Zuckerberg,  are combining funding to start showering riches on unsuspecting scientists.  They have already given away $60 million in awards to 20 scientists in the last six months.

Zuckerberg said, “Our society needs more heroes that are scientists and researchers and engineers.”  He hopes these continuing prizes will inspire and give incentive to young people to go into science as a career.

The “Breakthrough” prize will award five $3 million prizes each year.  Whether these prizes will lure people back  who are leaving research for careers in Wall Street remains to be seen.  Prizes given to only five of the thousands of scientists out

there don’t seem like much incentive unless all scientists think the way lottery ticket buyers do.  But we have to applaud the billionaires for at least a start at  rewarding people who toil in obscurity for not much money, yet contribute hugely to our welfare.