Fred Kavli being presented with the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by Norway's Chief of Chancery, Oystein Braathen, at a ceremony in Oslo on June 19, 2006.
Fred Kavli, the founder of the Kavli Foundation, has been appointed Grand Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway for “outstanding service to Norway and to humanity.”
The insignia of the Order was presented on behalf of the King of Norway by Norway’s Chief of Chancery, Oystein Braathen, at a ceremony in Oslo on June 19. Speaking at the ceremony, Braathen emphasized Kavli’s longstanding contributions in the field of science and, in particular, the establishment of the Kavli Foundation and the Kavli Prizes. The Kavli Prizes will be awarded for outstanding research in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, starting in 2008.
“I want to thank His Majesty the King and the people of Norway for this great honor,” said Kavli.