Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin To Receive Genius Award

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:09
Urvashi Verma
Vitalik Buterin, creator of the Ethereum blockchain, will be honored with Liberty Science Center’s Genius Award at a gala on May 11.
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Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin was selected to be among the four distinguished scientists to receive Liberty Science Center's  (LSC) 2018 Genius Awards, Thursday.

Twenty-four year old Buterin will be honored for his contribution towards creating Ethereum, the world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin.

Among the other honorees are  Sara Seager, Laurie Santos, and George Church, a genomics inventor and entrepreneur who is using Blockchain to sequence an individual's genome for less than $1,000 so that individuals can securely retain permanent ownership of their DNA.

Paul Hoffman, president and CEO of LSC says:

"Our 2018 Genius Award winners are four visionary women and men of science, ages 24 to 63, who are busting paradigms. Each personifies what it means to be a genius; each is using his or her exceptional intellectual and creative abilities to disrupt and innovate both in their respective fields and for the betterment of humanity."


Liberty Science Center's 2018 Genius Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Center.  The quartet will be honored at a creative black-tie gala held at the Center in Jersey City, NJ on Friday, May 11.  

The 2018 Genius Gala brings together more than 700 industry leaders and philanthropists and is chaired by prominent executives working for top corporations and institutions such as Exxon Mobil, EY, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johns Hopkins University.

About the author

Urvashi Verma is a Chicago-based reporter who writes about the convergence of technology and business. She is interested in fintech, digital currencies, blockchain and currency markets. Urvashi formerly worked with the Times of Israel covering Israel's booming tech industry including Start-Up Nation, venture capital investment, and crowd-funding platforms.

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