Ronald Drever - 1931-2017

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Ronald Drever - 1931-2017

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The Scottish physicist, who played a key part in the search for gravitational waves, has died aged 85. Dr. Drever, began his work to detect gravitational waves at the University of Glasgow, then, a decade later at Caltech, where the same research was being carried out.
Drever worked with fellow physicist Rainer Weiss at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who thought up the idea of LIGO ( Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory ). Caltech theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who established LIGO along with Drever and Weiss, described Drever as: "One of the most creatve physicists I've known. He could see things quickly and intuitively that would take me hours to understand through mathematical calculation."
On September 14, 1915, when the first gravity waves were discovered by LIGO, Drever was already in a nursing home and suffering from dementia, but he was aware of the discovery according to Thorne. "We reminisced about working on LIGO, and he clearly understood the discovery had been made and was very pleased," he said.
In September 2016, Drever was awarded the Kavil Prize in astrophysics along with his co-discoverers. In 2016, he was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize, The Gruber Cosmology Prize and American Ingenuity Award for Physical Sciences.
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Re: Ronald Drever - 1931-2017

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September 1915?

He was ahead of his time.
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:lol: . That's got to be 2016.
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