Gruber Cosmology Prize premia gli esperimenti LIGO e VIRGO

The Gruber Foundation awarded the 2016 Gruber Prize in Cosmology to Ronald Drever, Kip Thorne, and Rainer Weiss, along with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration for the first detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein a century ago.

The citation praises the recipients for pursuing a vision to observe the universe in gravitational waves, which led in 2015 to “the first detection of gravitational waves, not only validating a key prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity but inaugurating a new method for studying cosmology, in particular the workings of astronomical objects exhibiting the greatest gravitational effects in the universe”.

The Gruber Foundation is a philanthropic foundation based at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.