Fred Kavli

Physicist, Organization leader

1927 – 2013

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Who was Fred Kavli?

Fred Kavli was a Norwegian and naturalized American business leader, inventor, and philanthropist. He was born on a small farm in Eresfjord, Norway. He founded the Kavlico Corporation, located in Moorpark, California. Under his leadership, the company became one of the world's largest suppliers of sensors for aeronautic, automotive, and industrial applications supplying General Electric and the Ford Motor Company.

In 2000 he established The Kavli Foundation to "advance science for the benefit of humanity and to promote public understanding and support for scientists and their work". The Foundation's mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes, professorships, and symposia in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics. The foundation awards the Kavli Prize in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

He was featured in the mainstream media primarily for his philanthropic efforts.

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Born
1927
Eresfjord og Vistdal
Also known as
  • Кавли, Фред
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Norwegian Institute of Technology
    Physics
Employment
  • Chief Executive Officer, Kavlico Corporation
    (1957 - 2000)
Lived in
  • Santa Barbara
Died
Nov 21, 2013
Santa Barbara

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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