facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Fred Kavli, whose foundation supports science research, dies at 86

Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM   |   Comments

SANTRA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Fred Kavli, a Southern California philanthropist and founder and chairman of the Kavli Foundation, which promotes scientific research worldwide, died Thursday.

Kavli died at his Santa Barbara home from cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer, the Los Angeles times reported.

He was 86.

His foundation awards $1-million cash prizes to spark cutting-edge research and promote science for the benefit of humanity. Awards are made every 2 years in the field of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

"This is a painful loss for the foundation and for all of science," Rockell N. Hankin, vice chairman of the foundation, said in a statement. "We can only take comfort in his extraordinary legacy, which will continue advancing critically important research that benefits all of humanity, and supports scientific work around the globe."

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Kavli was born 1927 in Eresfjord, Norway.

In 1955, after receiving an engineering degree, he moved to Canada and later to the United States, settling in Southern California and staring his Kavlico Corp. in 1958, which became a major supplier of sensors for aeronautical, automotive and industrial applications.

He is survived by two children and nine nephews and nieces.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
6,000-year-old temple discovered in prehistoric Ukraine settlement 6,000-year-old temple discovered in prehistoric Ukraine settlement
2
An ancient tsunami wrecked Hawaii; it could happen again An ancient tsunami wrecked Hawaii; it could happen again
3
NASA orbiter beams back images of Siding Spring comet NASA orbiter beams back images of Siding Spring comet
4
DC drone hobbyists in limbo over flying locations DC drone hobbyists in limbo over flying locations
5
Protestors object plans to build telescope on land sacred to native Hawaiians Protestors object plans to build telescope on land sacred to native Hawaiians
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback