The Kavli Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, has announced the winners of the 2010 Kavli Prizes in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.
Eight scientists were recognized for research that has transformed human understanding of basic units of matter, laid the foundations for the field of nanotechnology, revealed the molecular basis for the transfer of brain signals and other physiological functions, and made possible the building of telescopes that can see deeper into space and further back in time than previously thought possible. Each will receive a share of the $1 million prize for his or her subject area.
This is the second cohort of recipients for the biannual prizes, which were launched in 2008 to recognize outstanding scientific research, honor highly creative scientists, promote public understanding of scientists and their work, and encourage international scientific cooperation. The prizes are made possible through a partnership between the foundation, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.
"The Kavli Prizes were established to recognize truly exceptional scientists whose research has fundamentally and profoundly advanced our understanding of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience," said Kavli Foundation founder Fred Kavli. "With this year's prizes, we continue to honor these pioneering researchers and their discoveries."
For more information about the 2010 Kavli Prize recipients and their institutions, visit the Kavli Foundation Web site.