2014 Kavli Laureates visit President Obama

Since the first award of the Kavli Prize in 2008, it has become an integral part of the Kavli award ceremony to have photographs taken of the awardees with the President of the United States. This happened in 2008 with President Bush, and in 2010, 2012 and 2014 with President Obama (The Prize is given every two years.) So a standing agreement is in place in this regard.

As far as I can find out, President Obama did not meet publicly with the 2016 Kavli Laureates (they include the LIGO pioneers Ronald Drever, Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss.)

There were a few months after the 2016 awards were given out in Oslo and before President Obama left office. Surely his office could have found a few minutes for this traditional ritual!

There are two possibilities.

Kavli Foundation requested the meeting with President Obama and the White House did not arrange it. (Why?)

Kavli Foundation did not request the meeting with President Obama. (Why?)

In the second case, it may be that the Kavli Foundation for some reason preferred to wait for President Trump. In this case the ritual may take place yet and keep the vaunted tradition unbroken. We may yet see the 2016 version of the above photograph.


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