Accolades for 'Australian LIGO whisperer' Professor David McClelland—16 March 2018

Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery  (OzGrav), Professor David McClelland of the Australian National University, has recieved significant recognition of his work in developing the laser sensors inside the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), used to detect gravitational waves.

In February 2018, Professor McClelland was awarded the Walter Boas Medal by the Australian Institute of Physics for his contributions to 'one of the greatest achievements in the history of physics', the direct observation of gravitational waves. The Institute dubbed Professor McClelland the 'LIGO whisperer' for his role in bringing about the epochal breakthrough, and securing Australia’s place in the international collaboration that made it possible.

This accolade was followed on 16 March 2018 with the awarding of the Measurement and Computing Award for Outstanding Achievements in Quantum Experimentation by the International Organisation for Quantum Communication. Professor McClelland received the award for his pioneering experimental work and leadership in the development of squeezed vacuum light sources in the audio-band and its successful application to the gravitational wave detector interferometers GEO and LIGO.  

OzGrav is capitalising on the historic first detections of gravitational waves made possible in part through Professor McClelland's work, to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, and inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers through this new window on the Universe.


Image: Professor McClelland receiving the Measurement and Computing Award for Outstanding Achievements in Quantum Experimentation from Joerg Schmiedmayer, Chair of the International Organisation for Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computation.
Credit: Professor McClelland.

Original Published Date: 
Monday, March 19, 2018