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Stephen Hawking Is Among Scientists to Win Billionaire’s Big Physics Prize

The Milner Foundation announced on Tuesday that the British cosmologist Stephen Hawking and a team of seven scientists at CERN, the European research center for particle physics, had won a pair of $3-million prizes, just months after the foundation honored nine other scientists with a group of equally lucrative awards. The foundation, named for the Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner, also introduced the list of nominees for its 2013 Fundamental Physics Prize, which is worth $3-million. In a news release, the foundation said the CERN scientists were being honored for their work on the discovery of a new particle that fits the description of the elusive Higgs boson. The foundation lauded Mr. Hawking for his “deep contributions to quantum gravity and quantum aspects of the early universe.”


MEYRIN, Switzerland – It’s been a good year to be a physicist. Yuri Milner, the Russian entrepreneur who startled the scientific world last summer when he handed out $3 million apiece to nine theoretical physicists and mathematicians, is at it again.

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