Antonella Masini, 18, won a scholarship of US$ 250,000 for her unique explanation on YouTube of quantum entanglement. The young Peruvian was honored at the Breakthrough Prize Awards, sponsored by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and other prominent entrepreneurs in the technology world.
The amount won by Masini will be destined for her college studies. The young winner dreams of studying electric engineering at MIT, specializing in quantum computing. The prize includes another US$ 150,000 for her school (Cambridge) and teachers.
“Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon of subatomic particles, where we consider that when two particles interact with each other, their characteristics intertwine, which means that knowing the state of one of the particles can deduce the state of the other,” says Massini in her video.
On Sunday, December 4, the selection committee made up of scientists and academics chose her as the winner. Deanna See (17) from Singapore was also honored. The ceremony was held at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, USA, and was led by actor Morgan Freeman.
“This is something that may sound a bit trivial and difficult to understand, it’s making scientists better understand the world and it’s something totally new and incredible,” Masini avowed.