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Penn State LIGO scientists join celebration of 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics | Penn State University
Penn State scientists and students on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory team (LIGO) are celebrating three LIGO leaders who have been honored with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences selected the three -- Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne -- "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves," which were predicted more than a century ago by Albert Einstein but were impossible to detect until the LIGO detectors accomplished the feat in 2015.