Date(s) - 05/02/17
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Collaboration
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Dr. Rainer Weiss is a preeminent physicist who for 40 years has worked toward the first direct detection of gravitational waves announced in 2016. Dr. Weiss is professor of physics emeritus at MIT and is one of the founders of LIGO, the instrument that first heard gravitational waves emit from the merging of two supermassive black holes 1.3 billion light years from Earth. Dr. Weiss developed the concept behind LIGO as an exercise for a course on general relativity that he taught at MIT in 1967. Today the LIGO Collaboration is comprised of over 1,000 scientists and engineers world-wide.
Read Q&A: Rainer Weiss on LIGO’s Origins by MIT News.
Read more about Dr. Weiss’s background in Science Magazine.
View the Northwestern News Special Feature on the historic first direct detection of gravitational waves.