Fred Kavli
1927 - 2013
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Fred Kavli, who launched a foundation to support science research and award prizes of $1 million to scientists, has died. He was 86.

Kavli died Thursday at his home in Santa Barbara from complications of surgery for a rare form of cancer, the Kavli Foundation said in a statement.

Kavli was a philanthropist, physicist and entrepreneur. In 2000, he created a foundation bearing his name that supported basic research in astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics.

Eight years later, the foundation began awarding prizes in three fields - astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Each prize was worth $1 million, and winners also received a scroll and gold medal that were presented every two years by the king of Norway during a ceremony in Oslo.

"This is a painful loss for the foundation and for all of science," foundation vice chairman Rockell N. Hankin said. "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."

Kavli, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in 1927 on a small farm in Norway. He studied physics at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, now called the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Kavli financed his schooling with proceeds from a business he and his brother ran during World War II.

In 1955, he moved to Canada and later to the United States. He founded Kavlico Corp., a supplier of sensors to the aerospace and automotive industries, in 1958. Kavli was the chief executive and sole shareholder until the company was sold in 2000.

Along with promoting science research, Kavli donated to civic projects including the Fred Kavli Theatre for Performing Arts in the San Fernando Valley.

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

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Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Nov. 22, 2013.
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June 14, 2014
my gods hands be gentle as we rest thru our difficult times
let us find strength and spirit to give to our loved ones
barbara murdoch
November 26, 2013
It is a kind of comfort to know God's word Isaiah25:8
November 25, 2013
Sending my condolences, as an old and beloved
friend whom gave to so many courage, strength, clarity and love. He will remain in the hearts of so many..
November 23, 2013
May the God of all comfort be with you at this time of grief, may all Fred's memories stay close to your heart. Psalms 46:1 Joanna
November 23, 2013
Wow!!! What a man. Mr. Kavli was a true philanthropist; it appears that he looked for every opportunity to assist researchers in their personal quest to improve conditions in the world by attempting to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. May God's word that promises an end to sickness and death be of comfort to the Kavli family as you remember the happy times you shared with Mr. Kavli.
November 23, 2013
My condolences to the Kavli family. During this difficult time may God be of strength and comfort. John 16:22
Olga Oquendo
November 23, 2013
God bless you and your loved ones ~ Rest in peace.
Jane Dowling
November 23, 2013
Im sorry for your lost!
November 23, 2013
REst in peace
November 23, 2013
in God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham
November 23, 2013

I would like to offer my deepest condolences, I'm so sorry for your loss, we are never prepared for death, but please find comfort in knowing death will one day be no more.
November 22, 2013
"May God be with you."
November 22, 2013
My condolences to the Kavli family. Please be comforted in knowing that soon death, pain and sorrow will be no more and you'll be abe to see your loved ones once again...
November 22, 2013
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