Pakistani scientist plays crucial role in revolutionary scientific discovery

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By Web Desk February 13, 2016 13:26

Pakistani scientist plays crucial role in revolutionary scientific discovery

The observation made by Dr. Nargis Mavalvala confirms Albert Einstein’s prediction of the theory of relativity and opens a new window on the cosmos.

Dr. Mavalvala was born in Karachi to a Parsi family. She went to the United States to acquire a BA degree in astronomy and physics.

Dr. Nargis Mavalvala has worked Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Laboratory for building complex sensors that would detect ripples formed by the collision of blackholes more than a billion years ago.

The astrophysicist worked on gravitational waves when she was completing her graduation at the renowned Masuchusettes Institute of Technology but achieving the task was not that simple.

“I started graduate school working in cosmic microwave background, which is another area of astrophysics. The group I was working in was moving to another university, and so I was kind of shopping around and bumped into Rai Weiss”, she added

Rai Weiss had proposed designs based on which LIGO was formed.

Dr Mavalvala went deeper into research on gravitational waves following her meeting was Rai Weiss. She had already begun her work on building LIGO before she acquired her doctorate degree.

During her post-doctoral work at California Institute of Technology (CalTech) she focused on developing instruments before joining LIGO as in 2000. She was also an assistant professor at MIT’s physics department in 2002 and went on to become the department’s associate head in February 2015.

The scientist could become mayor of Oslo as well.



Web Desk
By Web Desk February 13, 2016 13:26
  • Ishmael Abraham

    Dr Nergis Mavalvala has been quite vocal about encouraging gay scientists and about how she has overcome challenges in her career as an openly lesbian professional who also has a young child

    Immature Pakistanis seriously lack self-awareness of the spiritual identity and civilization they represent. She is an antithesis of what our civilization stands for which is chastity and holiness and she represents sexual perversion. May be her Parsi identity plays a role because all pseudo-religions are destined to suffer “creative” destruction by Godless modernity. But, it seems that she could not spiritually learn from the culture she was born in. We should choose our role-models carefully, because the future daughters of Muslim civilization would uncritically accept these wolves in sheep’s clothing if we keep blindly glorifying symbols of western cultural and political imperialism like Malala and Nergis respectively. I would prefer Arfa Karim Randhawa who represents the spirit of our culture.

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