Stanford physics professor meets President Obama in the Oval Office

ANDREI D. LINDE, the Harald Trap Friis Professor of Physics at Stanford, was among several winners of 2014 Kavli Prizes who met with President BARACK OBAMA in the Oval Office last week.  The prizes are awarded to scientists who have made seminal advances in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

Linde was awarded the 2014 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics in May for his work in developing the theory of cosmic inflation, which explains the origin and structure of the universe. He shared the award – and the accompanying $1 million prize – with fellow inflation pioneers ALAN GUTH, a professor of physics at MIT, and ALEXEI STAROBINSKY, a cosmologist at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Read the full announcement on the Kavli Foundation website.

President Barack Obama meets with Kavli Prize laureates from left, Andre Linde, Stanford; John O'Keefe, University College London, Alan Guth, MIT, and Marcus E. Raichle, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Accompanying the laureates are Kåre R. Aas, the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States; Rockell N. Hankin, chairman of the Kavli Foundation; Robert W. Conn, president of the Kavli Foundation and Miyoung Chun, executive vice president of science programs at the  Kavli Foundation.
President Barack Obama meets with a group of 2014 Kavli Prize laureates in the Oval Office Thursday, July 31. From left, Andrei Linde, Stanford; John O’Keefe, University College London; Alan Guth, MIT; and Marcus E. Raichle, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Accompanying the laureates are Kåre R. Aas, the Norwegian ambassador to the United States; Rockell N. Hankin, chairman of the Kavli Foundation; Robert W. Conn, president of the Kavli Foundation and Miyoung Chun, executive vice president of science programs at the Kavli Foundation. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)