05/26/2015 12:42:11
Douglas Smith
Built to look for gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space itself that were predicted by Einstein in 1916, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is the most ambitious project ever funded by the National Science Foundation. We talk to two Caltech researchers to learn about how LIGO came to be.
01/23/2015 10:33:21
Douglas Smith
Fredric ("Fred") Raichlen, professor emeritus of civil and mechanical engineering in Caltech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science, passed away on December 13, 2014. He was an expert in coastal engineering whose pioneering studies of tsunami mechanics have led to standards for designing tsunami-resistant structures that have saved lives around the world.
Fred Raichlen
12/05/2014 09:56:21
Kimm Fesenmaier
The Einstein Papers Project at Caltech, the Princeton University Press, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have launched a digital edition of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. We recently spoke with Diana Kormos-Buchwald, director and general editor of the Einstein Papers Project, about the new, free resource.
10/24/2014 09:00:32
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
The inauguration of President Thomas F. Rosenbaum marks the beginning of a new era of leadership at Caltech. And yet, many of the traditional events associated with the inauguration ceremony itself are actually quite old.
09/16/2014 15:36:37
Douglas Smith
Frank Earl Marble (Eng '47, PhD '48), Caltech's Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Jet Propulsion, Emeritus, was one of the fathers of modern jet engines.
Frank Marble
07/22/2014 16:58:59
Douglas Smith
Caltech's Murray Gell-Mann simplified the world of particle physics in 1964 by standing it on its head. He theorized that protons—subatomic particles as solid as billiard balls and as stable as the universe—were actually cobbled together from bizarre entities, dubbed "quarks," whose properties are unlike anything seen in our world. Unlike protons, quarks cannot be separated from their fellows and studied in isolation; despite this, our understanding of the universe is built on their amply documented existence.
Yuval Ne'eman and Murray Gell-Mann in 1964.
05/07/2014 15:18:53
Douglas Smith
In 1964, Caltech astronomy professor Guido Münch and Jet Propulsion Laboratory space scientists Lewis Kaplan and Hyron Spinrad pushed the world's second-largest telescope to its limits and dashed—at least for the next few decades—any hopes of finding liquid water on Mars.
Guido Münch
04/23/2014 14:37:32
Douglas Smith
Allen E. Puckett (PhD '49), the engineer who helped father the delta-winged airplane, the guided missile, and the communications satellite, and who turned Hughes Aircraft into the nation's top provider of radar systems and other defense-related electronics, passed away at age 94.
Puckett JPL supersonic wind tunnel
03/07/2014 07:56:06
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
In the 1970s, Caltech researcher Aron Kuppermann found additional computer resources in an unlikely place: a local religious organization. In the same spirit of creativity, Caltech researchers today have also found ways to practice resourceful computing.
02/28/2014 11:25:03
Cynthia Eller
Steven C. Frautschi, professor of theoretical physics, emeritus, at Caltech, has been awarded the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching—Caltech's most prestigious teaching honor.
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