Ground-breaking gravitational waves expert granted knighthood

31 January 2019

One of the UK’s leading astrophysicists, who played an instrumental role in the historic detection of gravitational waves, received a knighthood today.

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Professor Sir James Hough, University of Glasgow Research Professor in Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was knighted during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today in recognition of his contribution to physics and astronomy.

Professor Hough has worked in the field of astrophysics since 1963, and in that time has helped to develop many of the technologies and experimental techniques that made this detection possible.

Since that first detection, the LIGO and Virgo collaborations have made other significant discoveries including gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars and further black hole mergers.

Professor Hough said: “I’m very proud to have been knighted in recognition of my work as an astrophysicist. It’s a tremendous honour, and it demonstrates the impact that gravitational wave astronomy has had on our understanding of the universe.”

Professor Hough’s knighthood is the latest in a string of honours which includes a Royal Medal, a President’s Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the 2018 European Physical Society Edison Volta Prize.

Find out more about Professor Hough’s career here.

Last updated: 31 January 2019

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