Why Fred Kavli's Legacy Is So Important

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.

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Mr. Kavli Goes to Washington

The Kavli Prize is not the only support the Kavli Foundation gives to science, but it is an apt indicator of its big-thinking style. Founded in 2000 by wealthy businessman and physicist Fred Kavli, the foundation's chief aim is to support good research in the basic sciences. Since then, the foundation has steadily increased its influence, giving mostly to boost faculty resources at institutions like the founder's hometown University of California-Santa Barbara or to create centers of research like the Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University.

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