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2016 KAVLI PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Kavli Prizes
Science prizes for the 21st century, the Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Consisting of a scroll, medal and cash award of one million dollars, a prize in each of these areas is awarded every two years beginning in 2008. The Kavli Prizes are presented in cooperation and partnership with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.
The prizes are awarded at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway – Kavli's native country – with the President of the Norwegian Academy presiding. Independent of The Kavli Foundation, Kavli Prize recipients are chosen by three prize committees comprised of distinguished international scientists recommended by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Sciences, the Max Planck Society, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society. After making their selection for Award recipients, the recommendations of these prize committees are confirmed by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
THE 2014 KAVLI PRIZE LAUREATES
READ PRESS RELEASE. 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)
NINE PIONEERING SCIENTISTS were named year’s recipients of the 2014 Kavli Prizes – prizes that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, and include a cash award of one million dollars in each field. This year’s laureates were selected for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation, making 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, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Andrei D. Linde, Stanford University, USA, and Alexei A. Starobinsky, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. They received the prize “for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation.”
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, Göttingen, Germany, and Sir John B. Pendry, Imperial College London, UK. They received the prize “for their transformative contributions to the field of nano-optics that have broken long-held beliefs about the limitations of the resolution limits of optical microscopy and imaging.”
The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is shared by Brenda Milner, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Quebec, Canada, John O’Keefe, University College London, UK, and Marcus E. Raichle, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, USA. They received the prize “for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition.”
Earlier Presidential Visits by U.S. Laureates
President Barack Obama greets the U.S. 2012 Kavli Prize Laureates in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Read story
President Barack Obama meets with the U.S. Laureates of the 2010 Kavli Prize. (White House Photo by Pete Souza) Read story.
President George W. Bush meets with the U.S. Laureates of the 2008 Kavli Prize. Read story.