Barry Barish, Caltech & LIGO

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:15pm
428 Pupin Hall


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About the speaker

Barry Barish earned his B.A. in physics (1957) and Ph.D. in experimental particle physics (1962) at the University of California, Berkeley. He came to Caltech as a postdoc in 1963, where he has pursued his academic and research careers and is currently the Maxine and Ronald Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus. 

Barish’s primary research interest has been the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), since he became Principal Investigator in 1994 and Director in 1997. He led the effort through the final design stages, approval for funding by the NSF National Science Board in 1994, and then the construction and commissioning of the LIGO interferometers in Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA. In 1997, he created the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), which now enables more than 1000 collaborators world-wide to participate in LIGO. 

More details on Barry's research can be found here.