Barry C. Barish (Physics Nobel 2017) Age, Wife, Biography, Facts & More


Barry Barish profile

Full NameBarry Clark Barish
FieldsExperimental High Energy Physics
Thesis184-inch cyclotron
Doctoral AdvisorNot Known
Awards/Achievements• Received the Klopsteg Memorial Award in 2002
• Honored with the Enrico Fermi Prize in 2016
• In 2016, awarded the American Ingenuity Award
• Bestowed with the Henry Draper Medal in 2017
• Honored with The Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize in 2017
• In 2017, received the Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award
• Along with scientists Rainer Weiss and Kip S. Thorne, awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for 'decisive contributions in the observation of gravitational waves'
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet inches- 6’
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 80 kg
in Pounds- 176 lbs
Eye ColourHazel Brown
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of BirthJanuary 27, 1936
Age (as in 2017)81 Years
Birth PlaceOmaha, Nebraska
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
HometownSouthern California, U.S.
SchoolMonroe Elementary School
King Junior High School, Ohio
John Marshall High School, Los Angeles
College/UniversityUniversity of California, Berkeley
Educational QualificationPh.D. in experimental high-energy physics
FamilyNot Known
ReligionNot Known
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
WifeNot Known
ChildrenNot Known

Nobel Laureate Barry Barish


Some Lesser Known Facts About Barry C. Barish

  • After having completed his Ph.D. in 1962, Barish joined the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) to conduct experiments in particle physics using frontier particle accelerators.
  • In 1994, he was appointed as the principal investigator of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Within 3 years, he became the director of the Observatory and held the position until 2005.
  • Barish is credited with creating the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a joint effort of international physics institutes and research groups dedicated to the search for gravitational waves. Notably, it has over 1,000 collaborators worldwide.
  • He even served as the President of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2011.
  • Barish, along with fellow scientists Rainer Weiss and Kip Thorne, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”. While Weiss takes away one-half of the total prize money (£825,000), Barish and Thorne will share half of the remaining prize.


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