Gabriela González

Gabriela González, (born 24 February 1965 in Cordoba, Argentina[4]) is a professor of physics and astronomy at the Louisiana State University and was the spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration from March 2011 until March 2017.[5] She has published several papers on Brownian motion as a limit to the sensitivity of gravitational-wave detectors, and has an interest in data analysis for gravitational-wave astronomy.[6]

Gabriela González
“Astronomía con ondas”.jpg
González in July 2018
Born (1965-02-24) 24 February 1965 (age 53)
Córdoba, Argentina
ResidenceLouisiana, U.S.
Alma materNational University of Córdoba Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Syracuse University
Known forGravitational-wave detectors
AwardsEdward A. Bouchet Award (2007)[2]Award for Scientific Discovery by the National Academy of Sciences[3]
Fellow of the American Physical Society (2007)
Fellow of the Institute of Physics (2004)
Bruno Rossi Prize (2017)
Scientific career
Pennsylvania State University
Louisiana State University
Doctoral advisorPeter Saulson

In February 2016, she was one of four LIGO scientists present for the announcement that the first direct gravitational wave observation had been detected in September 2015.[7][8][9][10][a] González was elected to membership in the U. S. National Academy of Sciences in May, 2017.[11]


  1. ^ Other physicists present for the announcement were David Reitze, Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and France A. Córdova.


  1. ^ Bär, Nora (11 February 2016). "Quién es Gabriela González, la argentina que confirmó la teoría de Einstein". La Nacion. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Edward A. Bouchet Award". American Physical Society. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Award for Scientific Discovery". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ Losada, Samuel (2016-12-02). "Estamos todos como locos... Einstein estaría muy contento". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  5. ^ González, Gabriela (2 April 2013). "CV" (PDF). Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Gabriela González, PhD". Louisiana State University. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  7. ^ Twilley, Nicola. "Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  8. ^ Abbott, B.P.; et al. (2016). "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger". Phys. Rev. Lett. 116: 061102. arXiv:1602.03837. Bibcode:2016PhRvL.116f1102A. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102. PMID 26918975.
  9. ^ Naeye, Robert (11 February 2016). "Gravitational Wave Detection Heralds New Era of Science". Sky and Telescope. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  10. ^ Castelvecchi, Davide; Witze, Alexandra (11 February 2016). "Einstein's gravitational waves found at last". Nature News. doi:10.1038/nature.2016.19361. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  11. ^ "National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected". National Academy of Sciences. May 2, 2017.