Nine researchers were honored in the latest round of Kavli Prizes, the first since the passing of founder Fred Kavli in November. Three teams of scientists were awarded $1 million each for seminal advances in their fields, including one team that made huge headlines this year.
Cosmologists are calling it one of the greatest discoveries in the history of science—the detection of ripples in space-time that support our theory of how the universe began. The announcement is the culmination of a multi-university team effort, backed in part by some prominent foundations.
In the weeks leading up to philanthropist Fred Kavli’s passing, his foundation’s president Robert Conn said the 86-year-old Norwegian billionaire never wavered in his vision of supporting science research. “In phone conversations over the last 6 weeks, he told me several times—let’s keep going.” And while Kavli passed away in late November, his philanthropy will most certainly keep going.