Physics Nobel Prize winner has ties to Aspen

Oct 5, 2017

The Aspen Center for Physics has been host to dozens of Nobel Prize winners, including Kip S. Thorne, who was one of the most recent recipients.
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The Aspen Center for Physics can add another name to its list of Nobel Prize winning lecturers.


Kip S. Thorne is one of three researchers sharing the prestigious prize in Physics for their work on gravitational waves, a topic Thorne has been studying for decades.

In the mid-1990s, Thorne participated in Aspen Physics Center events focused on gravitational waves, black holes and work on an instrument to detect them. LIGO, short for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, allowed scientists to observe black holes and gravitational waves for the first time and confirmed Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Physicists involved in these studies say it provides an entirely new window into understanding the cosmos.

Thorne and others first began work on this topic in the 1980s.