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Ronald William Prest Drever (October 1931 – 7 March 2017) was a Scottish experimental physicist. He was a Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology. He co-founded the LIGO project, and was a co-inventor of the Pound–Drever–Hall technique for laser stabilization. This work was important in the first detection of gravitational waves in September 2015.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Drever died on 7 March 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland from complications of dementia, aged 85.[7]


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