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APS Fellow Among 2020 Kavli Prize Recipients

May 27, 2020 | Leah Poffenberger

Every two years the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announces winners of the Kavli Prize in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The 2020 Kavli Prize honors six scientists across the three categories, including an APS Fellow Ondrej Krivanek. He became an APS Fellow in 2013 and shares the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience for his work in improving the capabilities of electron microscopy.

The Kavli Prize Laureates in all three categories are:

  • Kavli Prize in Astrophysics: Andrew Fabian
  • Kavli Prize in Nanoscience: Harald Rose, Maximillian Haider, Knut Urban, and Ondrej Krivanek
  • Kavli Prize in Neuroscience: David Julius and Ardem Patapoutain.

Krivanek is recognized by the Kavli Prize for the creation of the first aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope with sub-ångström resolution. Achieving sub-ångström resolution was a critical step in imaging the nanoscale world and allowing for three-dimensional chemical analysis.

Ondrej Krivanek
Michelle Krivanek

Ondrej Krivanek

Fabian, an astronomer and astrophysicist from the UK received the Prize in Astrophysics for his research pursuing an understanding of how black holes influence their surrounding galaxies. The Prize in Nanoscience recognizes the work of four scientists that have contributed to the creation of aberration-corrected lenses in electron microscopes that allow for the observation of chemical composition of materials in three dimensions. Julius and Patapoutain were awarded the Prize in Neuroscience for the discovery of sensory receptors for temperature and pressure, respectively.

Each Kavli Prize comes with a $1 million cash award, shared among the recipients, and will be announced at the 2020 World Science Festival (worldsciencefestival.com/kavliprize2020/). The Kavli Prize is a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and The Kavli Foundation, based in Los Angeles, California. Visit kavliprize.org for more information about the prize and this year’s laureates.

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