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Premios Princesa de Asturias

10/03/2017

Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish, 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical & Scientific Research, win the Nobel Prize in Physics

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The physicists Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics today, after their career was recognized with the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical & Scientific Research, the past 14th June 2017.

As stated in the Minutes of the Jury, they were granted the Princess of Asturias Award, along with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, for “the direct detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time anticipated by Albert Einstein in his Theory of General Relativity a century ago now. This achievement provides answers to one of the most important challenges of physics in its entire history.

The Award recognizes the individual talent and collective work of more than a thousand researchers belonging to a hundred institutions in eighteen different countries.

The LIGO project supposes a technological challenge of prime importance. The extraordinary precision achieved by its instruments has allowed the observation of the merger of very massive black holes that occurred more than a thousand million years ago. The detection of gravitational waves opens up a new window for the study of the Universe that will allow the discovery of new phenomena and the study of regions of space-time that have as yet been non-accessible using current techniques”.

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