2016 Kavli Prizes Awarded for Breakthroughs in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience

(Oslo, Sept. 6, 2016) Nine pioneering scientists, representing four countries, are the recipients of this year’s Kavli Prizes, which recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, and include a cash award of $1 million in each field. The prizes were handed out in Oslo by Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon on Tuesday, Sept. 6. This year’s laureates were selected for the direct detection of gravitational waves, for the invention of atomic force microscopy, and for the discovery of mechanisms that remodel brain function. Astrophysics The 2016 Kavli Prize in astrophysics is shared by Ronald W.P. Drever of Scotland, Kip S. Thorne of the United States and Rainer Weiss of Germany, for their direct detection of gravitational waves. “Their ingenuity, inspiration, intellectual leadership and tenacity were the driving…


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