Kip S. Thorne Facts

Kip S. Thorne Facts
Kip Stephen Thorne (born June 1, 1940) is an American theoretical physicist. He is an expert on the astrophysical implications of Einstein's general theory of relativity. He continues to do scientific research and was the scientific consultant and an executive producer for the 2014 science fiction film Interstellar.
Interesting Kip S. Thorne Facts:
Kip Stephen Thorne was born In Logan, Utah where both of his parents were professors at Utah State University.
His parents encouraged their children's studies and two of his four siblings are university professors.
Thorne earned a B.S from the California Institute of Technology in 1962 and his doctoral thesis, Geometrodynamics of Cylindrical Systems, earned him a PhD from Princeton in 1965.
In 1967 he was an associate professor at Caltech and in 1970 became professor of theoretical physics.
He is considered a gifted teacher and he has personally mentored 50 PhD recipients.
He has presented shows on PBS and BBC on black holes, gravitational radiation, time travel and wormholes.
He founded LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) which is a large, multi-institutional gravity-wave experiment to measure any fluctuations between two or more static points.
Much of his research has focused on the mathematics and the engineering design analysis of gravitational waves.
He was one of the first to conduct experiments to determine if space and time can be connected within the laws of physics and permit time travel.
He has written about gravitational theory and high-energy astrophysics.
In 1973 he co-authored Gravitation, which remains the standard text on general relativity theory.
In 1994 he wrote Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy for the popular market and in 2014 he wrote The Science of Interstellar to explain the science behind the film.
He has received numerous awards including The American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award in Physics and Astronomy, The Phi Beta Kappa Science Writing Award,and the Lilienfeld Prize.
In 2003 he was chosen California Science Center's California Scientist of the Year and in 2009 he was awarded the Albert Einstein Medal.

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