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UWC cosmologist gives invited lecture at prestigious Kavli Symposium in Oslo

Author: Department of Physics and Astronomy


Professor Mario Santos, director of the newly created UWC/DST Centre for Radio Cosmology in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, presented an invited lecture at the recent prestigious Kavli Prize Symposium in Oslo.


Within the Astrophysics field, the Kavli Prize is viewed by many as possibly equivalent to a “Nobel Prize in Astrophysics". Awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, in cooperation with the Kavli Foundation, the three Kavli prizes, each one worth one million US dollars, are awarded annually in the fields of Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience.


Each year the award of the prizes is followed by a Symposium where leading scientists in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience are invited to give a general talk on their area, in an effort to promote basic research as an intrinsic element of human nature and culture. The invitation to Prof Santos to present a lecture at the 2016 Kavli Prize Symposium is a recognition of his high international standing in Astrophysics.


Mr Kavli established the prizes because he believed that "Practically everything we touch in our daily lives has been developed or improved through basic research." This year the Kavli Prize for Astrophysics is shared between Ronald Drever and Kip Thorne, both from the California Institute of Technology, USA, and Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, for their research into the direct detection of gravitational waves.


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