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manufacturing and engineering executive , physicist

Fred Kavli was Norwegian manufacturing and engineering executive, physicist. Achievements include patents in field.


Kavli, Fred was born on August 20, 1927 in Norway. Came to the United States, 1956.


Graduate in physics, Norwegian Institute of Technology, 1955.


Founder, Chief Executive Officer, sole shareholder automotive and aerospace sensor engineering-manufacturing Kavlico Corporation, Moorpark, California, 1958—2000.


  • Achievements include patents in field.


Board directors The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College. Trustee Foundation for University California, Santa Barbara. Founder, chairman The Kavli Foundation/The Kavli Operating Institute.

Benefactor The Kavli Institutes (in neuroscience) at Columbia University, Yale University, University of California San Diego, Norwegian University of Science & Tech. (in astrosci.) Stanford University Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Peking University, University Cambridge. (in nanoscince) Harvard University, Caltech, Cornell University, Delft University of Technology.

(in theoretical physics) University of California Santa Barbara, Chinese Academy Science. 2000 - member President Board science and innovation, University California. Endowed several chairs, one in engineering at the University California, Santa Barbara, another chair in Optoelectronics and Sensors, University California, Irvine, in Nano-systems Sciences at University of California at Los Angeles, and Cosmology, California Institute of Technology.

Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences. Member: Norwegian Academy Technological Sciences, United States President's Council Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).