Richard A. Isaacson

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Richard Allen Isaacson
EducationUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Known forShepherding the LIGO project to fruition
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorCharles W. Misner[1]
InfluencesJoseph Weber

Richard A. Isaacson is a retired American physicist who has been cited by 2017 Nobel Laureate Rainer Weiss as indispensable to the LIGO gravitational wave project.[2] Isaacson's 1967 PhD dissertation established that the theoretical gravitational waves had features similar to other known types of waves.[3] Isaacson went on to champion the LIGO project as the NSF Program Director of Gravitational Physics for decades. Weiss and fellow Laureate Kip Thorne have honored Isaacson by endowing the American Physical Society's Richard A. Isaacson Award in Gravitational-Wave Science[4][5]


  1. ^ Matthew Wright (2016-10-29). "The Chirps Heard Round the World". College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  2. ^ NPR Weekend Edition: Billion Dollar Gamble, May 19, 2019. Retrieved 19 May, 2019
  3. ^ Gravitational Radiation in the Limit of High Frequency, PhD dissertation, University of Maryland, 1967. Retrieved May 19, 2019
  4. ^ New APS Award Honors Richard Isaacson, University of Maryland Physics Department, March 28, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2019
  5. ^ APS Issacson Award Retrieved May 19, 2019