Pakistani-American astrophysicist from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Dr. Nergis Mavalvala was honored with Lahore Technology Award at the first convocation of Information Technology University (ITU).
Mavalvala not only known for first observation of gravitational waves but she was also a part of the team that received the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.
“Pakistan does not have major academic awards to acknowledge and celebrate the services of Pakistani scientists”, said ITU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Umar Saif.
“Lahore Technology Award is a befitting example to emulate for Pakistani scientists,” he added.
“Lahore Technology Award is a token of gesture to our distinguished guest backed by $30,000” Dr. Said added. Dr. Nergis attended Wellesley College in the Massachusetts United States.
Mavalvala’s had an important part in the discovery of gravitational waves originating from two black holes, orbited one another, moved inward and smashed together.
The waves are the product of a collision between two black holes. Holes are estimated to be 30 times bigger than the Sun.