Past Member

Joseph Weber

Natural Sciences
Field of Study

From the New York Times, October 9, 2000:

An emeritus professor of physics and a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, Joseph Weber discovered the basic principle of what would come to be called masers and lasers and gave the first public talk ever on the subject in 1952. Soon after, he was the first to realize it might be possible to detect the minute distortions of space called gravitational waves that had been predicted by Einstein’s theory of relativity, and Weber built the first detectors to search for them.

James Glanz, “Joseph Weber Dies at 81; A Pioneer in Laser Theory,” New York Times, October 9, 2000.

Dates at IAS
  • Natural Sciences
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
9/195512/1955 Fall
Catholic University of America Ph.D., 1951
Indian Astronomical Society, Honorary Life Member 1990
Principles of Quantum Electroonics, Maser and Lasers 1989
Boris Pregel Award for Research in Physics and Astronomy Maryland Hall of Fame 1989
Gravity Research Foundation, Babson Award 1970
Gravity Research Foundation Award, First Prize 1959
University of Maryland 1961– Professor of Physics
University of Maryland 1948– Professor of Electrical Engineering