Norway to award three new science prizes

Three new science prizes will every other year be awarded in Norway. The prizes, which will be in the amount of USD 1 million each, will be awarded in nanoscience, neuroscience and astrophysics. The prizes are established on the initiative of the Norwegian-American Fred Kavli.
The Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters are collaborating on the prize, which will be awarded for the first time September 2008.

The Norwegian-American Fred Kavli is the founder of the Kavli Foundation. Born in Eresfjord, in Møre og Romsdal, Kavli trained as a physicist at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, now part of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim. In 1956 he emigrated to the US and amassed a considerable fortune from the production of sensors for aviation and other industries. After retiring from business, Kavli established the Kavli Foundation, which has donated nearly USD 100 million to scientific research.

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