Technion Congratulates 2017 Nobel Laureates in Physics

October 9, 2017
By: Office of the Technion Spokesperson

Congratulations to the 2017 Nobel Laureates in Physics: Prof. Emeritus Rainer Weiss, Professor Emeritus Kip Stephen Thorne, and Prof. Barry Barish, who headed the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015 as part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment. The prize will be awarded to the trio “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.”

Left to right: Prof. Emeritus Rainer Weiss, Dr. Ian Drever (brother of the late Prof. Emeritus Ronald Drever), Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie, and Professor Emeritus Kip Stephen Thorne (credit: Nitzan Zohar, Technion)

Earlier this year, Prof. Weiss and Prof. Emeritus Thorne, along with Prof. Emeritus Ronald Drever (who passed away shortly before the ceremony), received the Technion Harvey Prize considered by many to be a predictor for the Nobel Prize – for the same discovery

“The LIGO facility and the discovery of gravity waves provide us with unprecedented information on black holes, information that is not available to us in any other way,” said Prof. Ehud Behar of Technion’s Faculty of Physics. “The Nobel Prize winners in physics revealed the physical processes occurring in the last moments before the fusion of black holes as well as processes that occur in neutron stars.”

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israel’s renown as the world’s “Start-Up Nation.” Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a vital component of Cornell Tech, and a model for graduate applied science education that is expected to transform New York City’s economy.

American Technion Society (ATS) donors provide critical support for the Technion—more than $2 billion since its inception in 1940. Based in New York City, the ATS and its network of supporters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories, and more.