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08/01/2014 - President Obama Meets U.S. Laureates of 2014 Kavli Prizes

President Barack Obama greets the 2014 Kavli Prize laureates in the Oval Office, July 31, 2014. Clockwise from left: Kavli Laureates Andrei D. Linde, John O’Keefe, Alan H. Guth and Marcus E. Raichle; Kåre R. Aas, the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States; Rockell N. Hankin, Chairman of The Kavli Foundation; Robert W. Conn, President and CEO of The Kavli Foundation; Miyoung Chun, Executive Vice President of Science Programs of The Kavli Foundation.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets the 2014 Kavli Prize laureates in the Oval Office, July 31, 2014. Clockwise from left: Kavli Laureates Andrei D. Linde, John O’Keefe, Alan H. Guth and Marcus E. Raichle; Kåre R. Aas, the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States; Rockell N. Hankin, Chairman of The Kavli Foundation; Robert W. Conn, President and CEO of The Kavli Foundation; Miyoung Chun, Executive Vice President of Science Programs of The Kavli Foundation. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

August 1, 2014

At the White House yesterday, President Barack Obama welcomed the four American laureates of the 2014 Kavli Prizes - prizes awarded to scientists who have made seminal advances in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

Joined by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Associate Director Jo Handelsman, the President congratulated Kavli Prize Laureates Alan H. Guth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Andrei D. Linde (Stanford University), John O'Keefe (University College London) and Marcus E. Raichle (Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine).

Accompanying the laureates were Rockell N. Hankin, Chairman of The Kavli Foundation, Robert W. Conn, President and CEO of The Kavli Foundation, Miyoung Chun, Executive Vice President of Science Programs of The Kavli Foundation, and Kåre R. Aas, the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States.

"This year's Kavli Laureates are working on the frontiers of human knowledge and capability, from the far reaches of deep space to the intricate neural networks of the mind," said John P. Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor. "Achievements like these will no doubt inspire dreamers across the Nation to ask bold questions and take on the challenge of discovering answers."

"We could not be more grateful to President Obama for honoring these laureates, or for the President's strong and continuing commitment to science," said Rockell N. Hankin. "The U.S. laureates exemplify the very best of what science can achieve in this country. Along with being a tremendous honor, this visit provides us a moment to pause and appreciate just how important science is to the nation and all humanity."

"It's been The Kavli Foundation's great honor to join with the President in his efforts to advance science in the United States, particularly by playing a catalytic role in the BRAIN Initiative, which is a national initiative to produce a dynamic picture of the brain in action," said Robert W. Conn. "We thank the President for so strongly shining a light on the importance of truly basic scientific research."

West Wing Week, the weekly video summary of President Obama’s week features video from the
2012 Kavli Prize
U.S. Laureate visit. Time marker for laureate visit: 5:23 (min/sec)

The 2014 Kavli Prizes laureates were selected for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation, for transformative contributions to the field of nano-optics and for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition.

The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics is shared by Alan H. Guth, Andrei D. Linde, and Alexei A. Starobinsky (Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia). The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is shared by Thomas W. Ebbesen (Université Louis Pasteur, Université de Strasbourg, France), Stefan W. Hell (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany), and Sir John B. Pendry (Imperial College London, UK). The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is shared by Brenda Milner (Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Canada), John O'Keefe and Marcus E. Raichle.  

The Kavli Prize is a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The Prize was established to recognize outstanding scientific research, honor pioneering scientists, promote public understanding of scientists and their work, and foster international cooperation among scientists.

The 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates will receive their medals this fall during a ceremony held in Oslo, Norway. For more information about the laureates and upcoming events, visit www.kavliprize.org.

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