Caltech Professors Win Nobel Prize in Physics 2017

Kip Thorne and Barry Barish, both emeritus professors of Physics at my alma mater, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), are among the three winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2017:

This was for their work performed at Caltech on the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) gravity wave detection experiment.

Kip Thorne also has a B.S. (Bachelor of Science) degree from Caltech (1962).

A total of 37 faculty and alumni of Caltech have won 38 Nobel Prizes.   Ten (10) of these including Kip Thorne have a B.S. from Caltech.  🙂

(C) 2017 by John F. McGowan, Ph.D.


John F. McGowan, Ph.D. solves problems using mathematics and mathematical software, including developing gesture recognition for touch devices, video compression and speech recognition technologies. He has extensive experience developing software in C, C++, MATLAB, Python, Visual Basic and many other programming languages. He has been a Visiting Scholar at HP Labs developing computer vision algorithms and software for mobile devices. He has worked as a contractor at NASA Ames Research Center involved in the research and development of image and video processing algorithms and technology. He has published articles on the origin and evolution of life, the exploration of Mars (anticipating the discovery of methane on Mars), and cheap access to space. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).