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2017 Nobel Prize Winner to speak at Ben Franklin Commencement

RAINER WEISS, 2017 NOBEL PRIZE WINNER IN PHYSICS, TO SPEAK AT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT

New Orleans, LA— Benjamin Franklin High School and Head of School, Dr. Patrick Widhalm, are proud to announce the commencement speaker for 2018 will be Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Rainer Weiss. He will speak at Benjamin Franklin High School’s 58th Commencement on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Dr. Weiss is an American physicist, known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics. He is a professor of physics emeritus at MIT and an adjunct professor at LSU. He is best known for inventing the laser interferometric technique which is the basic operation of LIGO. He was Chair of the COBE Science Working Group.

He is a member of Fermilab Holometer experiment, which uses a 40m laser interferometer to measure properties of space and time at quantum scale and provide Planck-precision tests of quantum holographic fluctuation.

In 2017, Weiss was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Kip Thorne and Barry Barish, “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.”

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