Caltech geochemist John Eiler aims to reveal “the genetics of everything”—the history of each molecule in the natural world as written in its isotopic structure. What he finds out could have implications for ventures ranging from the study of meteorites to medical diagnosis and treatment.
The Caltech Associates Innovation in Education Fund helped associate professor of astronomy Dimitri Mawet introduce a new course for astronomy students and modernize the Cahill Optics Laboratory, where researchers experiment with the technology that will be used to explore the universe and search for life elsewhere.
“Caltech has a long history of going after the golden ring—going after the great discoveries—especially if they’re hard and if the payoff is enormous,” declares Kip Thorne (BS ’62), Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus.
After nearly five decades at Caltech, Tom Soifer is still smiling. The former Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of the division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy (PMA) continues to advance our understanding of the universe by hunting for dust-obscured galaxies—DOGs—where others can’t see.
Nobel laureate Donald Glaser (PhD ’50) and his family have made a pair of significant commitments to the Caltech community. Scroll down for a slideshow of archival images that trace Glaser’s scientific path and highlight art and music inspired by his work.
After decades of dreaming the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) into existence, nine years of initial operations, and a five-year period spent installing equipment with upgraded sensitivity, LIGO’s Caltech-led research team resumed listening to the universe in May 2015.
To their immense surprise, detection came almost immediately. At 5:51 a.m. EST on Monday, September 14, 2015, the twin LIGO detectors observed gravitational waves.