The 100 Year Quest to Detect Gravitational Waves: The Long Arc of Scientific Discovery

Nergis Mavalvala '90 and Dick French discussed the history and significance of the search for gravitational waves and her own role on the LIGO project -- an international project to detect these waves.


  • Dick French, McDowell/Whiting Professor of Astrophysics, Wellesley College
    Planetary astronomer, fascinated by planetary rings and atmospheres, committed to teaching science, and a devotee of all the liberal arts.
  • Nergis Mavalvala, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Nergis Mavalvala is the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the associate head of the Department of Physics.