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.
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.
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.
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.