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UCR physicist is proud of his father for winning the Nobel Prize in Physics

By in Press Enterprise on October 7, 2017

By Alejandra Molina

One thing UC Riverside professor Kenneth Barish learned from his parents is that hard work eventually pays off.

“Most of what I learned from my father — my parents — were work ethic, having integrity, (and) that things may not happen instantly,” Barish said. “Things can take time.”

Barish, 51, is chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCR. He’s also the son of Barry Barish, 81, a professor of physics at Caltech in Pasadena, who on Tuesday, Oct. 3, won a Nobel Prize in Physics for helping discover gravitational waves.

Caltech professors Kip Thorne, left, and Barry Barish walk through Caltech in Pasadena after being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 for the development and success of LIGO’s observation of gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein. The prize is shared with MIT’s professor Rainer Weiss. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Rainer Weiss, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Kip Thorne, a professor at Caltech, also were part of the project and they also won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Weiss will receive half of the $1.1 million prize, with Thorne and Barry Barish splitting the other half.

Kenneth Barish said his father had been working toward the group’s discovery for more than 20 years.

“When he started this, he was 58,” he said. “This was a long project.”

Barish’s father works for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, a project with more than 1,000 researchers from more than 20 countries.

The LIGO detector helped scientists identify gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago, according to the official website of the Nobel Prize.

Barry Barish led the project to completion.

“Gravitational waves are an entirely new way of observing the most violent events in space and testing the limits of our knowledge,” Nobel officials said.

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