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2018 Kavli Prizes announced

last modified Jun 01, 2018 02:37 PM
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has announced the winners of the 2018 Kavli Prizes.
2018 Kavli Prizes announced

Ewine van Dishoeck has been heavily involved in the development and use of the ALMA observatory. Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi (

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has announced the winners of the 2018 Kavli Prizes.

The 2018 laureates are:

  • Kavli Prize in Astrophysics: Ewine van Dishoeck (the Netherlands)
  • Kavli Prize in Nanoscience: Emmanuelle Charpentier (France), Jennifer A. Doudna (USA), and Virginijus Šikšnys (Lithuania)
  • Kavli Prize in Neuroscience: A. James Hudspeth (USA), Robert Fettiplace (UK), and Christine Petit (France)


The 2018 prize in Astrophysics was awarded to Ewine van Dishoeck “For her combined contributions to observational, theoretical, and laboratory astrochemistry, elucidating the life cycle of interstellar clouds and the formation of stars and planets.”

Among the many advances made by van Dishoeck and her collaborators are seminal contributions to our understanding of the formation and destruction of interstellar molecules. Their pioneering work on carbon monoxide has been essential for determining the physical processes that drive the evolution of the cold components of the interstellar medium, from diffuse to dense clouds in the Milky Way, as well as the cold star-forming gas in galaxies across cosmic time. Ewine van Dishoeck is leading the transformation of astrochemistry into a growing, quantitative discipline.

Read more at the Kavli Foundation Website.

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