http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/mastheads/mast_blank.gifBy Elizabeth Gibney. Awards can raise profile and state funding for academic disciplines. Elizabeth Gibney reports
Earlier this month, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner shocked the science world when he announced a plan to give nine scientists prizes of $3 million (£1.9 million) each for their work in areas of as yet unproven fundamental physics.