Lee Historical Lecture: Rainer WeissApril 12, 2018
Monday, April 23, 8:00pm
Jefferson 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Rainer WeissProfessor of Physics, Emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2017 Nobel Laureate in Physics
"The Remarkable Gamble the National Science Foundation Took with LIGO"
Despite the fact that no one had ever measured motions as small as 1/1000 of a nuclear radius or that there was certain evidence for gravitational radiation let alone hard knowledge of gravitational wave sources, in the 1970’s the NSF began to support a new program in gravitational wave astrophysics. The visionary responsible for this was Richard Isaacson then Program Director for Gravity at the NSF. The talk in part is about how he organized and guided the process to make LIGO a reality - in good measure it is about the history of LIGO