"JimFest" celebrates UofG’s gravitational wave research

Published: 1 March 2019

The conference at the Kelvin Building was also an affectionate salute to Professor Sir James Hough

Astrophysicists from around the world gathered at the Kelvin Building on Wednesday last week for a conference called "Gravitational Waves - Past, Present and Future".

The event featured presentations from nine celebrated physicists, including Nobel laureate Prof Rainer Weiss and Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and drew attendees from the United States, Australia, France, Germany and Italy.

It also doubled as "JimFest" – an affectionate salute to the School of Physics and Astronomy’s Professor Sir James Hough, who has been at the University since matriculating as an undergraduate in 1963. Each speaker recognised Jim’s contributions to gravitational wave research and his decades of work as part of the international collaborations which led to the historic first detection of gravitational waves at the LIGO detectors in the United States in September 2015.

In the video below, some of Jim’s colleagues from the School of Physics and Astronomy reflect on his career, his contributions to gravitational wave research, and the man himself.

JimFest video

First published: 1 March 2019