Yale’s Horwich among researchers honored at ‘Oscars of Science’

Yale’s Art Horwich and F. Ulrich Hartl with Sergey Brin and Tyra Banks at the Breakthrough Prize ceremony
Yale’s Art Horwich (center left) and F. Ulrich Hartl are flanked by Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, and television personality Tyra Banks, who presented the scientists with Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Sunday night. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Breakthrough Prize)

Yale’s Arthur L. Horwich and his colleague and collaborator F. Ulrich Hartl from the Max Planck Institute were among distinguished scientists feted at the Breakthrough Prize gala awards ceremony Nov. 3 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

At the eighth annual event, known as the “Oscars of Science,” $21 million in prize money was awarded to top researchers. Horwich and Hartl received one of four prizes in life sciences, which carry a $3 million reward. The two were honored for their work describing the molecular machinery that folds proteins into proper shapes within cells.

Horwich is Sterling Professor of Genetics at Yale School of Medicine and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Hartl is director of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry.


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