Three physicists, Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne, have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics, for their contributions to work that led to the observation of gravitational waves — something that happened for the first time in 2015.
Barish and Thorne worked at the California Institute of Technology in Southern California. Weiss taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Speaking of decades of trial and error that preceded their discovery, Weiss said Tuesday, "It's very, very exciting that it worked out in the end." Weiss spoke by phone to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, roughly one hour after he had been woken up by Secretary General Göran K. Hansson.
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Barry C. Barish, an emeritus professor of physics at Caltech, who has won the Nobel Prize in Physics this year along with Caltech’s Kip Thorne and MIT’s Rainer Weiss