Two of the winners of the Kavli Prize for 2012 visisted Bergen and the University of Bergen (UiB) alongside the Norwegian-American Fred Kavli. They are nano science prize winner Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and neuro science prize winner Ann Graybiel, Professor at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. At UiB there are strong research communities in both neuro science and nano science.
Kavli left Norway for the United States as a young man and studied physics himself. He acquired a desire to push the world forward early on. One of his ideas for promoting science was the creation of the Kavli prize. So after building a financial platform for himself he turned his wealth and fortune to promoting ground-breaking science.