Multimillion dollar prizes awarded to Hawking and CERN teams

On 11 December 2012 The Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation Selection Committee announced the laureates of two special $3,000,000 prizes. One to go to Stephen Hawking and the other to be shared by the LHC at CERN and the ATLAS and CMS projects.

CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer said "it is a great honour for the LHC's achievement to be recognised in this way, this prize recognizes the work of everyone who has contributed to the project over many years. The Fundamental Physics Prize underlines the value of fundamental physics to society, and I am delighted that the Foundation has chosen to hold its first award ceremony at CERN."

Yuri Milner, the Russian millionaire who established the prizes commented "I am very much pleased with the decisions of the Selection Committee, I hope that the prizes will bring further recognition to some of the most brilliant minds in the world and the great accomplishments they have produced.

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