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Nobel Prize 2017: Inventors Of Gravitational Waves Honoured With Award In Physics

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| October 3 , 2017 , 18:43 IST

The prestigious literary awards opened with the medicine prize bagged by three US-born scientists for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling our biological clocks. Following the lead, another set of Americans have claimed the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Three Physics laureates, Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne were honoured with the literary award for the discovering gravitational waves. The theory of ripples in the fabric of spacetime was first anticipated by the genius Scientist, Albert Einstein about a century ago.

While announcing the winners, the head of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, Goran Hansson said, "This year’s prize is about a discovery that shook the world."

The awardees will be presented with the prize money of 9 million Swedish crowns ($1.1 million) which be split into two halves. While the first half will go to Rainer Weiss, the other half will be shared by Kip Thorne and Barry Barish.

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The three Awardees are the members of LIGO-Virgo Collaboration which first detected the waves. The trio collectively built the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which first came to public in 2016.

Scientists called discovery "the biggest scientific breakthrough" of the century.

German-born Weiss is the former professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has made a major contribution to the concept, design, funding and eventual construction of Ligo.

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The awards which started in 1901 as per the will of dynamite businessman, Alfred Nobel honour the extra-ordinary laureates for their great achievements in the field of science, literature and peace.

Sameen Ahmed Khan

Heartiest Congratulations!!! From Sameen Ahmed KHAN, College of Arts and Applied Sciences, Dhofar University, Salalah, Sultanate of OMAN.