Kavli Prize

THE 2016 KAVLI PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE IN OSLO, NORWAY ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2016. TO WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT PROGRAM AND LEARN MORE ABOUT KAVLI PRIZE WEEK, VISIT  WWW.KAVLIPRIZE.ORG.

9 SCIENTIFIC PIONEERS TO RECEIVE 2016 KAVLI PRIZES

JUNE 2 - OSLO, NORWAY - NINE PIONEERING SCIENTISTS from Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the USA have been named this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes – prizes that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

This year’s laureates were selected for the direct detection of gravitational waves, the invention and realization of atomic force microscopy, and for the discovery of mechanisms that allow experience and neural activity to remodel brain function.

The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics is shared between Ronald W.P. Drever and Kip S. Thorne, both from the California Institute of Technology, USA, and Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. They receive the prize “for the direct detection of gravitational waves."

The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is shared between Gerd Binnig, Former Member of IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland, Christoph Gerber, University of Basel, Switzerland, and Calvin Quate, Stanford University, USA. They receive the prize “for the invention and realization of atomic force microscopy, a breakthrough in measurement technology and nanosculpting that continues to have a transformative impact on nanoscience and technology."

The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is shared between Eve Marder, Brandeis University, USA, Michael Merzenich, University of California, San Francisco, USA, and Carla Shatz, Stanford University, USA. They receive the prize “for the discovery of mechanisms that allow experience and neural activity to remodel brain function."

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The Kavli Prize

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 – Fred 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.

Earlier Presidential Visits by U.S. Laureates

 President Barack Obama greets the 2012 Kavli Prize Laureates in the Oval Office, March 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The U.S. 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Read story
 President Barack Obama greets the 2012 Kavli Prize Laureates in the Oval Office, March 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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 Obama meets with U.S. Recipients of the 2010 Kavli Prize
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 U.S. Recipients of the 2008 Kavli Prize
President George W. Bush meets with the U.S. Laureates of the 2008 Kavli Prize. Read story