During its Annual Statutory Meeting on the evening of Monday 31 October the RSE recognised the key role that Scottish scientists played in the historic detection of gravitational waves. A total of 16 researchers were awarded the prestigious President’s Medal by RSE President Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell for this outstanding achievement.
Prior to the presentation, Professor Martin Hendry MBE FRSE, Head of the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, gave an inspiring public lecture on the science of gravitational waves which are ripples in spacetime caused by massive astronomical events such as the collision of black holes. Dame Jocelyn, herself a leading astrophysicist, also spoke about the importance of this discovery.
See the full list of the recipients and their contributions in the Press Release: The RSE Honours Scottish Scientists Associated With The Recent Discovery Of Gravitational Waves.