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Physic LIGO Discovery And The Nobel Prize

Physic LIGO Discovery And The Nobel Prize

Physic LIGO Discovery And The Nobel Prize Inevitably, the discussion that follows after the LIGO announcement of the detection of gravitational wave is the Nobel Prize. If there is a sure thing with regard to the Nobel Prize, is that this discovery will get someone this prize.

But just like the issue surrounding the discovery of the Higgs, the question comes up on who should deserve the prize for this discovery. Just like the Higgs, thousands of people were responsible in the work, both theorists and experimentalist. And typically, the Nobel committee will give the award to the individuals who either headed the collaboration, or made the most significant contribution to the physics that led to the discovery.

This news articles lists the three most likely individuals who might be the front-runner for the Nobel Prize for this LIGO discovery.

“I think that most of the community would agree that the three pioneers of what became LIGO would be Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Ronald Drever,” the head of one of LIGO’s observatories in Hanford, Washington, Fred Raab, told Business Insider.

Weiss – who is professor of MTE’s Physics and Career, is now retired – both experimental experts who play an important role in conceptualization, design, funding, and initial construction of LIGO.

On the other hand, Thorne is an ideology, and Feynman professor of theoretical physics in Ca Tech. Together with his students, Thorne did a lot of work, on which a genetic wave detecting will really look and how to identify this signal within the data.Unfortunately, Ronald Drawer is in poor health, and Nobel Prize is not awarded. Perhaps the last time the year’s Nobel Prize might be a shortage.

The news article discuss on whether the Nobel prize should increase the number of recipient from the maximum of 3 for each prize (outside of the Peace price). I think the change should be more on awarding the prize to deceased individuals. So what if that person is dead? If he/she did make a major enough contribution to warrant a prize, then it should be done. This is especially true for many women scientists who never received their recognition while they were alive back when women were not encouraged or had severe restrictions on their careers as scientists. Posthumous awards can correct these injustices.

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