Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

The Birth of Sono-Astronomy When the Cosmos Does the Wave

At a press conference organized by the National Science Foundation held February 11, 2016, scientists announced the detection of gravitational waves. This major discovery comes 100 years after gravitational waves were initially predicted by Albert Einstein. The research leading to this landmark moment began in the 1970s and relied on 1,000s of collaborators around the world. Renowned physicist Dr. S. James Gates served in advisory roles in support of LIGO, the large instrumentation required to achieve this major milestone. He will share his reflections on this major discovery – an aspiration that had been previously occupying number two on his "Theorist's Bucket List" – telling us what it means, and why it is important.


S. James Gates, Jr.
Regents Professor
Director, Center for String and Particle Theory
University of Maryland

Created February 29, 2016, Updated January 5, 2017