LIGO Founders Receive Prestigious Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

“for the direct detection of gravitational waves.”

Jun 02
Bram Slagmolen

The Kavli prizes get awarded every two years, in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The awarded parties receive a $1M prize. The 2016 Kavli Prize in astrophysics is awarded to Ronals W.P. Drever, Kip S. Thorne and Reiner Weiss "for the direct detection of gravitational waves."

Although the committee acknowledge that the detection was a team effort, they singled out Ron, Kip and Rai for their “ingenuity, inspiration, intellectual leadership and tenacity”, to be the “driving force” behind the discovery.

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