Nobel Prize Physics winners announced

Now, 100 years later, three United States scientists are sharing the Nobel Prize in Physics for detecting gravitational waves.

Half of the $1.1 million prize went to Weiss, the remainder shared between Barish and Thorne. The theory of ripples in the fabric of spacetime was first anticipated by the genius Scientist, Albert Einstein about a century ago.

"This is something completely new and different, opening up unseen worlds".

The trio will share the prize between them, however, Doctor Weiss will receive half the prize money and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish will share the other half.

The news that three prominent U.S. scientists had won the Nobel Prize in physics for their work in detecting gravitational waves was particularly exciting for one Bowdoin graduate.

The waves were measured by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a project involving more than 1,000 researchers from 20 countries.

In the 1970s, researchers designed a laser-based device that would detect gravitational waves. "Gravitational waves are an entirely new way of observing the most violent events in space and testing the limits of our knowledge", it added.

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Sanjeev Dhurandhar, a trailblazer in gravitational waves astronomy in India, said that Indians played a major role in the Nobel Prize-winning gravitational waves discovery paper.

Olga Botner, member of the Nobel Physics Committee at the press conference explained that, "We know the gravitational waves existed, but it's the first time to find them".

With Tuesday's announcement, the total number of Physics Nobel Prize recipients has increased to 206 (the total number of Prizes is 207; John Bardeen received the award twice).

LIGO team's visualization of gravitational waves caused by two rapidly orbiting black holes in a binary system.

Gravitational waves spread at the speed of light, filling the universe. Those spotted have come from very distant black holes - extraordinarily dense objects whose existence was also predicted by Einstein - that smashed together to form a single, larger black hole.

  • Kyle Peterson