The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Rainer Weish, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne, the three scientists responsible for the discovery of Gravitational Waves. The three scientists, thanks to the work of all their team, detected and proved the existence of gravitational waves due to the LIGO-Virgo project, which was created as a collaboration for this purpose.
Rainer Weish was born in Berlin, but is now an American citizen and professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also known as MIT. Barry C. Barish, born in Nebraska and Kip S. Thorne, born in Utah, work in California Institute of Technology.
According to Weiss, at the time of the discovery, about two years ago, more precisely in September 2015, they themselves could not believe it, it took months for them to convince themselves that they had even been able to listen to gravitational waves.
The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Physics, which has been awarded since 1901, to these three scientists is more than deserved because of the importance of the discovery. Last year, this prize was also awarded to three topology scientists, which is the study of state changes under a more complex level than our known ones, such as the change from liquid to solid.
These scientists have discovered other exotic transformations, capable of for example making matter in superconductors or liquids absent from friction, with the ability to rotate in a vortex that never slows down.
It is an honor to win a Nobel Prize, whatever the area of this, but in particular the area of physics has sound names like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Niels Bohr, raising the status of the winners of this award.
Also in 2013, the winners of this award, François Englert and Peter Higgs, had such merit in predicting a subatomic particle known as the Higgs Boson, confirmed by the Large Hadron Collider Particle Accelerator in 2012.