2016 Kavli Prize: Nine scientists honored for groundbreaking work

This year nine scientists have received the Kavli Prize for their revolutionary work on topics, including gravitational waves, brain plasticity and atomic force microscopy. The Kavli Prize is awarded every couple of years in Norway. It honors the researchers who have done any revolutionary work making vital contributions to various fields ranging from astrophysics to nanoscience and neuroscience. Winners share a $1-million cash prize in each of the three categories. In the field of astrophysics, MIT’s Rainer Weiss and Caltech’s Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever have got awarded for their ground-breaking work on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO. Following ten years of search, in September, LIGO finally found the first direct proof of these elusive ripples in the cosmos’ fabric. While announcing the prize on Thursday, Mats Carlsson…


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