Nergis Mavalvala A Pakistani is Part of LIGO Team that Discovered Gravitational Waves

Nergis Mavalvala: A Pakistani Who Detect Einstein’s Gravitational Waves.Pakistani-born astrophysicist Dr Nergis Mavalvala was among the team of eagled-eyed scientists who, for the first time, observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves.

Nergis Mavalvala A Pakistani is Part of LIGO Team that Discovered Gravitational Waves

Professor Mavalvala worked with researchers at the US-based underground detectors Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Laboratory to build sophisticated sensors to detect gravitational ripples created from the collision of two black holes some 1.3 billion years ago and had been hurtling through space to reach Earth on September 14, 2015.

Nergis Mavalvala A Pakistani is Part of LIGO Team that Discovered Gravitational Waves

Dr Mavalvala, 47, was born to a Parsi family in Karachi where she did her primary schooling.

She attended the Convent of Jesus and Mary before going to the US as a teenager where she graduated with a BA in physics and astronomy from the Wellesley College in 1990.