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Meet the newly named 2020 Kavli Prize Laureates in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Honored for breakthroughs that transform our understanding of the big, the small and the complex, the Laureates discuss their scientific achievements and the next wave of research in these dynamic fields with host Brian Greene.

This year’s Kavli Prize honors Andrew Fabian for pioneering research in observational X-ray astronomy; Harald Rose, Maximilian Haider, Knut Urban and Ondrej L Krivanek, for inventions of aberration-corrected lenses in electron microscopes; and David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for discoveries of sensory receptors for temperature and pressure.

The Story of the Kavli Prize

The vision for the Kavli Prize comes from Fred Kavli, a Norwegian-American, who turned his lifelong fascination with science into a lasting legacy for recognizing scientific breakthroughs and supporting basic research.

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The Big, The Small, The Complex

From the discovery of gravitational waves to dramatic advances in gene editing, and unraveling the mysteries of the senses, the World Science Festival’s ongoing series – The Big, The Small and The Complex – explores the latest developments in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, guided by the world’s leading scientific minds.

These programs are made possible with support from The Kavli Prize, whose partners are The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and The Kavli Foundation (US).

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    2018 KAVLI PRIZE LAUREATE – ASTROPHYSICS

     
    The 2018 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics was awarded to Ewine Van Dishoeck for her pioneering contributions to the field of Astrochemistry.

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    2018 KAVLI PRIZE LAUREATES – NEUROSCIENCE

     
    The 2018 Kavli Prize In Neuroscience was awarded to Robert Fettiplace, Christine Petit and James Hudspeth for their groundbreaking research unraveling the mysteries of how we hear.

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    2018 KAVLI PRIZE LAUREATES – NANOSCIENCE

     
    The 2018 Kavli Prize In Nanoscience was awarded to Virginijus Siksnys, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their pioneering work on Crispr-cas9.

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