The scientists who came up with the theory of supergravity in the 1970s are $3 million richer.
The trio, physicists Sergio Ferrara, Daniel Z. Freedman and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, won the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, according to a statement Wednesday.
Supergravity is described in the prize announcement as a theory in which, "quantum variables are part of the description of the geometry of spacetime."
"Supergravity is an amazing thing because it extends general relativity to a higher symmetry -- the dream of Einstein -- but none of us expected this," Ferrara said in a statement.
The Breakthrough prize, which bills itself as the "Oscars of Science" is sponsored by some big names from the tech world, includingand Google co-founder .
Past recipients include Hawking radiation from black holes, and his deep contributions to quantum gravity and quantum aspects of the early Universe."for his discovery of "
The ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 3. Last year's event was livestreamed and hosted by Morgan Freeman.
Originally published Aug. 7.
Update, Aug. 8: Adds information about ceremony.