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Gravitational wave researchers win President’s Medal

Sixteen Scottish researchers who played a role in the detection of gravitational waves have been awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s President’s Medal.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh released the list of medal winners on 2 November. Of the 16 winners, 11 work at the University of Glasgow, including Sheila Rowan, the chief scientific adviser for Scotland.

Gravitational waves—‘ripples’ in the fabric of space-time—were predicted by Albert Einstein in his theory of general relativity. Their detection, in February, was achieved thanks to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

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