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Kip Thorne
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Thorne in August 2007
Born
Kip Stephen Thorne

June 1, 1940 (1940-06-01) (age 81)
Education California Institute of Technology (BS)
Princeton University (MS, PhD)
Known for Thorne-Żytkow object
Roman arch
Thorne-Hawking-Preskill bet
Awards Lilienfeld Prize (1996)
Albert Einstein Medal (2009)
Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2016)
Gruber Prize in Cosmology (2016)
Shaw Prize (2016)
Kavli Prize (2016)
Harvey Prize (2016)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2017)
Scientific career
Fields Astrophysics
Gravitational physics
Institutions California Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor John Archibald Wheeler
Doctoral students William L. Burke
Carlton M. Caves
Lee Samuel Finn
Sándor J. Kovács
David L. Lee
Alan Lightman
Don N. Page
William H. Press
Richard H. Price
Bernard F. Schutz
Saul Teukolsky
Clifford Martin Will

Kip Stephen Thorne (born June 1, 1940) is an American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate. He is known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics.

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

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