NOBEL laureate Brian Schmidt will use $100,000 of his prize money for a primary school science program the federal government has stopped funding.
Professor Schmidt, in Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize for Physics he and collaborator Adam Riess won jointly with Saul Perlmutter, has told The Australian his plans for his quarter-share of the $1.45 million winnings..
He will sign over $100,000 to the Australian Academy of Sciences to continue the Primary Connections program.
“One key thing I’m trying to promote post-Nobel prize is primary and secondary education,” he said.
“Primary Connections has had very good penetration across the country — 55 per cent of all primary schools have used it in one way or another — and it is one of the most effective tools I have seen to help in teaching science to this age group.”If you’re on Twitter, you can thank him yourself at http://twitter.com/#!/cosmicpinot. More about the donation at the Australian Academy of Science, here.