The Kavli Prize Laureates in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience received their prizes from His Majesty King Harald V at an award ceremony in Oslo Concert Hall Tuesday 4 September.
The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience was shared between Emmanuelle Charpentier (France), Jennifer A. Doudna (USA) and Vilnius University Life Sciences Center (VU LSC) professor Virginijus Šikšnys. They received the prize “for the invention of CRISPR-Cas9, a precise nanotool for editing DNA, causing a revolution in biology, agriculture, and medicine.”
The Kavli Prize consists of USD 1 million in each of the fields. In addition the laureates receive a gold medal and a scroll.
The Kavli Prize was initiated by and named after Fred Kavli (1927-2013), a Norwegian-born U.S. philanthropist and founder of The Kavli Foundation.