Oxford, UK, 3-6 April 2017
Wired by Weber
The story of the first searcher and searches for gravitational waves
1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine CA, 92697-4575, USA
2 Queen Jadwiga Observatory, Rzepiennik, Poland
Received: 28 October 2016
Received in final form: 5 November 2016
Published online: 16 February 2017
Joseph Weber started thinking about possibilities for detecting gravitational waves or radiation in about 1955. He designed, built, and operated the first detectors, from 1965 until his death in 2000. This paper includes discussions of his life, earlier work on chemical kinetics and what is now called quantum electronics, his published papers, pioneering work on gravitational waves, and its aftermath, both scientific and personal.
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