Wait, there’s yet another seven-figure science prize? Well, actually this one has been around for a while, but Google just boosted the Turing’s annual cash award to $1 million. Why another prize?
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.
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.