Interstellar's Science Adviser Just Won A Nobel Prize In Physics

By Tom Pritchard on at

Gravitational waves made headlines across the world when they were finally confirmed to exist back in 2015 (even though the announcement came five months later). Now three of the scientists responsible for the monumental discovery have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Oh, and one of them was the scientific adviser on Interstellar.

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One half of the prize goes to Rainer Weiss, with the other half split between Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish. All "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves".

This isn't the first time Thorne and Rainer have won awards for their work, having won the Special Breakthrough prize (with fellow LIGO co-founder Ronald Drever) last May.

Thorne is well known as the scientific adviser on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, ensuring the science presented in the film was actually feasibly possible. He also wrote a tie-in book, The Science of Interstellar, which explains the science in the film.

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