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The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details

Barry Barish


California Institute of Technology



Award Discipline:

Physical Sciences

Award Year:



"For exemplary service to science, including groundbreaking research on sub-atomic particles. His leadership of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory led to the first detection of gravitational waves from merging black holes, confirming a key part of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. He has broadened our understanding of the universe and our Nation’s sense of wonder and discovery."

Presented by President Biden at a White House Ceremony on October 24, 2023.

Nobel Laureate:

Physics, 2017


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