Rainer Weiss

1932 - Today

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Rainer "Rai" Weiss (; German: [vaɪs]; born September 29, 1932) is an American physicist, known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics. He is a professor of physics emeritus at MIT and an adjunct professor at LSU. He is best known for inventing the laser interferometric technique which is the basic operation of LIGO. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rainer Weiss has received more than 424,224 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Rainer Weiss is the 255th most popular physicist (up from 262nd in 2019), the 1,020th most popular biography from Germany (down from 912th in 2019) and the 36th most popular German Physicist.

Rainer Weiss is most famous for being a part of the team that won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017. Weiss was one of three people who led the construction of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) which detected gravitational waves for the first time in 2016.

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Among physicists, Rainer Weiss ranks 255 out of 721Before him are Bertram Brockhouse, Herbert Kroemer, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, Giovanni Battista Venturi, John Kendrew, and Ludwig Prandtl. After him are Edme Mariotte, Ivar Giaever, Peter Mansfield, Ettore Majorana, Jerome Isaac Friedman, and Andrew Huxley.

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Among people born in 1932, Rainer Weiss ranks 70Before him are Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, David Scott, Sonny Liston, Hiroaki Sato, Algirdas Brazauskas, and Lalo Schifrin. After him are Petula Clark, Vytautas Landsbergis, Thomas Klestil, Pier Angeli, Fernando Arrabal, and Wolf Vostell.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Rainer Weiss ranks 1,020 out of 5,289Before him are Johann Jakob Froberger (1616), Frederick IV, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp (1671), Johann Elert Bode (1747), Anne Catherine of Brandenburg (1575), Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884), and Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp (1636). After him are Beno Gutenberg (1889), Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744), Dorothea of Brandenburg (1430), Louis I, Duke of Bavaria (1173), Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine (1617), and Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern (1811).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Rainer Weiss ranks 36Before him are Carl von Linde (1842), Gerd Binnig (1947), Max Delbrück (1906), Klaus Fuchs (1911), Herbert Kroemer (1928), and Ludwig Prandtl (1875). After him are Theodor W. Hänsch (1941), Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912), Jack Steinberger (1921), Georg Bednorz (1950), Friedrich Hund (1896), and Horst Ludwig Störmer (1949).