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David Blair

@ University of Western Australia

How we learned to listen: The quest for Einstein’s waves

David Blair is professor of physics at the University of Western Australia and Director of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre. He developed the niobium bar gravitational wave detector and invented the first sapphire clock. In 2003 he co-founded the Gravity Discovery Centre – a major Centre for the promotion of science in Western Australia. He leads the Einstein-First Project which aims to introduce Einsteinian Physics at an early age. He is the co-author of Ripples on a Cosmic Sea: The Search for Gravitational Waves, and the editor of the book The Detection of Gravitational Waves. In 2013 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.