Nobel Prize in physics goes to trio for detecting gravitational waves

Left to right: Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne, who have ben awarded the 2017 Nobel prize in physics.

Three American physicists — Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish, and Kip Thorne of the LIGO/VIRGO collaboration — won the Nobel Prize for physics on Tuesday for the detection of gravitational waves, which had been predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago but never seen. “This is something completely new and different, opening up unseen worlds,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said as it announced the winners of the 9 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million) prize. “A wealth of discoveries awaits those who succeed in capturing the waves and interpreting their message.” This year’s Nobels kicked off on Monday with the announcement of the winners for medicine, and next will be the Nobel for chemistry, which is to be announced Wednesday.

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