The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded today. One half went to Rainer Weiss , the other half was jointly awarded to Barry Barish and Kip Thorne. The work of the three scientists led to the first recorded observation of gravitational waves on Earth.
LIGO stands for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory. There are two LIGO observatories, one in Livingston, Louisiana, and the other is in Hanford, Washington.
Jeff Kiffle is control engineer at LIGO Hanford.
“Gravitational waves are important because they are unlocking a new way to look at the universe,” Kiffle said. “I’ve been saying for a long time that, the reason I work so hard is to get Ray Weiss a Nobel Prize. But I’ve worked closely with Ray over the course of my career with LIGO and there’s no one who deserves it more than Ray.”
The Nobel Prize winners will share a $1.1 million award.