Two members of the IOM were among eight scientists awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize today. IOM members Thomas Südhof, Stanford University School of Medicine, and James Rothman, Yale University, shared the neuroscience prize with National Academy of Sciences (NAS) member Richard Scheller. In addition, NAS members Jerry Nelson, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Roger Angel, University of Arizona, Tucson, were among the winners of the astrophysics prize.
The winners in each prize field share a $1 million award. The Kavli Prize was initiated by and named after Fred Kavli, founder of the Kavli Foundation. The prize is administered in partnership with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The winners will be presented their awards at a September ceremony and symposium in Oslo, Norway, where NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone and National Academy of Engineering President Charles M. Vest, who is on the board of the Kavli Foundation, will be panel speakers.