Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. These three scientists worked in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory where they first discovered gravitational waves in September 2015, which ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago. The prize was awarded for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.
Rainer Weiss has been awarded one half of the prize, announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm today. Kip Thorne and Barry Barish will share the other half of the prize. In Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory(LIGO) , they also found the mystery behind what would happen if two blackholes collide!
The Nobel Prize in chemistry will be announced on Wednesday, the literature prize on Thursday and the peace prize on Friday. An award in economics, not one of the original prizes but now conducted in memory of Alfred Nobel, will be announced Monday.