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Title: Gravitational Waves, Colliding Black Holes and the Advanced LIGO Detections
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Smoot, George
Issue Date: 27-Oct-2016
Event Date: 27-Oct-2016
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 EF
Notes: HKUST 25th Anniversary distinguished speakers series.
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Abstract: The talk discusses the exciting discovery of gravitational waves after a 100 year journey filled with missteps and issues. The detections also lead to new views of black holes and tests of General Relativity.
Prof George Smoot was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006, jointly with Prof John Mather, for their work that led to the "discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation". This work helped further the Inflationary Universe and the Big Bang theory of the universe.
Prof Smoot received his Bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Physics and his PhD in Physics in 1970 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been at the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1970. He is also Chair of the Endowment Fund 'Physics of the Universe' of Paris Center for Cosmological Physics and the IAS Helmut & Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large at HKUST.
Prof Smoot was elected as a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has been honored by several universities worldwide with doctorates or professorships. He was also the recipient of the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1991), Lawrence Award from the US Department of Energy (1995), Einstein Medal from Albert Einstein Society (2003), Daniel Chalonge Medal from the International School of Astrophysics (2006) and Gruber Prize in Cosmology (2006).
Duration: 53 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
Videos for Public -- Distinguished Lectures