The European Physical Journal H

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 261–291

Wired by Weber

The story of the first searcher and searches for gravitational waves
Open Access
Personal recollection

DOI: 10.1140/epjh/e2016-70060-5

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Trimble, V. EPJ H (2017) 42: 261. doi:10.1140/epjh/e2016-70060-5
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. The Renaissance of Einstein’s Theory of Gravitation


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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Queen Jadwiga ObservatoryRzepiennikPoland

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