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Nergis Mavalvala Pakistani scientist helped in discovery of gravitational waves


KARACHI: Pakistani-born astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala, Associate Department Head of Physics at MIT is a member of the team who announced on Tuesday detection of gravitational waves, it was first mentioned by physicist Albert Einstein in 1915.



Nergis Mavalvala who has been working with MIT since 2002, she has done extensive work in her field.



Born in Karachi to a Parsi family, Dr Mavalvala, 47, has completed his early education from the Convent of Jesus and Mary school of Karachi.


Biographical Sketch taken from MIT official website

Professor Nergis Mavalvala joined the Physics faculty at MIT in January 2002. Before that, she was a postdoctoral associate and then a research scientist at Caltech, working on the Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). She has been involved with LIGO since her early years in graduate school at MIT and her primary research has been in instrument development for interferometric gravitational-wave detectors. Professor Mavalvala received a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 1997, and a B.A. in Physics and Astronomy from Wellesley College in 1990. She was appointed Associate Department Head of Physics, effective February 1, 2015.



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