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Acclaimed Physicist Kip Thorne to Speak in Logan

Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018


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Nobel Prize winner Kip Thorne will present a lecture entitled “My Journey through Space and Time: The Big Bang, Black Holes, and Gravitational Waves” at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Logan High School Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public. 

A native of Logan, Thorne shared the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics with fellow American physicists Rainer Weiss and Barry Barish for their work on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). The longtime professor at the California Institute of Technology also received acclaim for this significant contributions to the production of the 2014 film Interstellar.

The son of two prominent USU professors, Thorne received an honorary doctorate from Utah State in 2000 when he served as the university’s commencement speaker. 

On Friday, July 20, the city of Logan will place a sign near the site of Thorne’s boyhood home at the intersection of 400 East and the Boulevard referring to the thoroughfare as “Kip Throne Boulevard.” The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. 

A Logan High School classmate of late Aggie football legend Merlin Olsen, Thorne will be in Cache Valley to attend the 60th reunion of the Class of 1958 on July 20.

Contact: Bruce Bishop, a.b.bishop@aggiemail.usu.edu





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