Winning a prestigious award in science, maths or technology will earn you roughly the same cash prize as if you won a US reality television show in 2018 — and that’s if you’re lucky.
Last week, Aussie mathematician Akshay Venkatesh won the Fields Medal, which is known as the “Nobel Prize for mathematics”.
It comes with $CA15,000 (around $AU15,600).
But spare a thought for those who receive Ig Nobel Prizes. The awards — honouring achievements that make you laugh, then think — came with 10 trillion Zimbabwe dollars.
Before the currency was abandoned, the cash prize was worth less than 1 cent.
The exception is the Breakthrough Prizes. Bankrolled by internet and technology entrepreneurs, each prize nets laureates a cool $US3 million ($4.06 million).
Chart showing cash prizes for science prizes and reality television winners.
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