The Kavli Prize

The Kavli Prize recognises outstanding scientific research and honours highly creative scientists. The prizes also promote public understanding of scientists and their work.

The Kavli Prize was established in 2008 by the Kavli Foundation, in partnership with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Ministry of Education and Research. The three prizes in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience are awarded every other year. The prize consists of 1 million USD in each field.

Kavli Prize Laureates

 AstrophysicsNanoscienceNeuroscience
2016 Ronald W.P. Drever, Kip S. Thorne and Rainer Weiss Gerd Binnig, Christoph Gerber and Calvin Quate Eve Marder, Michael M. Merzenich and Carla J. Shatz
2014 Alan H. Guth, Andrei D. Linde and Alexei A. Starobinsk Thomas W. Ebbesen, Stefan W. Hell and Sir John B. Pendry Brenda Milner, John O’Keefe and Marcus E. Raichle
2012 David Jewitt, Jane X. Luu and Michael Edwards Brown Mildred S. Dresselhaus Cornelia Isabella Bargmann, Winfried Denk and Ann Martin Graybiel
2010 Jerry Nelson, Ray Wilson and Roger Angel Donald Eigler and Nadrian Seeman Thomas Südhof, Richard Scheller and James Rothman
2008 Maarten Schmidt and Donald Lynden-Bell Louis E. Brus and Sumio Iijima Pasko Rakic, Thomas Jessell and Sten Grillner

Fred Kavli and the Kavli Foundation

Fred Kavli (1927–2013) was a Norwegian-American entrepreneur, business leader, and philantropist. He was born en Eresfjord in Norway, and educated at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim. He emigrated to the United States in 1956, where he built up Kavlico Corporation, a world-leading business specialising in sensors for the aerospace and automotive industries. Kavli divested his interest in the company in 2000 and established the Kavli Foundation.

The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to the goals of advancing science for the benefit of humanity and promoting increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work. In addition to the Kavli Prizes, the foundation's mission is implemented through an international programme of research institutes, professorships, and symposia in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics.