Kavli Prizes - Awarding the world's greatest thinkers
On September 9, 2008, the first Kavli Prizes were awarded in Oslo, Norway to the world’s greatest thinkers in the most cutting-edge scientific fields. Minted by Northwest Territorial Mint, each medallion is fashioned from 10 ounces of pure gold. The obverse of each bears the image of prize sponsor Fred Kavli, the Norwegian-born American businessman and philanthropist who has established multiple scientific institutes at the most prestigious universities on the face of planet; the reverse bears the symbol of The Kavli Foundation.
The prizes focus on the science of the greatest physical dimensions of space and time, the science of the smallest dimensions of systems of atoms and molecules, and the science of the most complex systems, especially living organisms.