Gold and glory for Kavli Prize laureates
The nine Kavli Prize winners from USA, Russia, Canada, Norway, Germany and United Kingdom will receive their prizes including a gold medal, a scroll and a share of 1 million US dollars in each of the three prize categories from His Majesty King Harald at an award ceremony on 9 September in Oslo, Norway. Alan Alda, American actor, director and author, and Haddy N'Jie, Norwegian-Gambian presenter, journalist, singer and songwriter, will be the Masters of Ceremonies. The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
Alan Alda and Haddy N'Jie will be the Masters of Ceremonies for the Kavli Prize Award Ceremony.
The 2014 Kavli Prize winners were selected for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation, for transformative contributions to the field of nano-optics and for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition. The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics is shared between Alan H. Guth, Andrei D. Linde, and Alexei A. Starobinsky. The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is shared between Thomas W. Ebbesen, Stefan W. Hell and Sir John B. Pendry. The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is shared between Brenda Milner, John O'Keefe and Marcus E. Raichle.
Co-host Haddy N'Jie will pay tribute to the laureates by performing Nina Simone's "Everything must change" before Nils Chr. Stenseth, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, will deliver his welcome speech. He will then introduce the Masters of Ceremonies.
Alan Alda is perhaps best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing, and his supporting role in the 2004 film The Aviator, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He is a six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner.
Alan Alda's long-time interest in science and in promoting a greater public understanding of science led him to hosting the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years where he interviewed hundreds of scientists from around the world. In January 2010, he hosted a new science series on PBS called The Human Spark. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Journalism and a member of the advisory board of The Center for Communicating Science. He also serves on the board of the World Science Festival and is a judge for Math-O-Vision.
Haddy N'Jie is curious to know more about Alan Alda's engagement in science and in particular the Kavli Prize. They will also talk about the selection of the brilliant musicians performing at the Kavli Prize award ceremony who all strive to break new territory, in many ways representing the same attitude as the laureates.
Kavli Prize winners 2014
Alan Alda and Haddy N'Jie will introduce the Kavli Prize laureates by category in this order; astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.
The presentations will start with a short film about the laureates after which the laureates will be asked to enter the stage. Then the chair of the respective prize committee will give the reasons for the awarding of the prize and end his speech by asking King Harald to present the prize to the laureates.
Alan H. Guth, Andrei D. Linde and Alexei A. Starobinsky receive the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics "for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation". The theory of cosmic inflation, proposed and developed by the three prize winners, has revolutionized our thinking about the Universe.
Prize committee chair: Mats Carlsson
Thomas W. Ebbesen, Stefan W. Hell and Sir John B. Pendry receive the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience "for their transformative contributions to the field of nano-optics that have broken long-held beliefs about the limitations of the resolution limits of optical microscopy and imaging." With their respective work, they have challenged established beliefs about the resolution limits of optical imaging, showing that light can interact with nanostructures smaller than its wavelength.
Prize committee chair: Arne Brataas
Brenda Milner, John O'Keefe and Marcus E. Raichle receive the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience "for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition." They have all played major roles in advancing our understanding of memory and in the development of techniques to measure the brain. Prize committee chair: Ole Petter Ottersen
The award ceremony will be the highlight of the Kavli Prize Week uniting science and culture in an event including a broad range of musical expressions. Attending will be an international audience that, along with the public, includes peers and guests of the laureates, as well as leading representatives of science from around the world.