The man who made the 'discovery of the century' revealed: Piano playing Italian scientist who writes fantasy novels in his spare time first to spot gravitational waves
- Dr Marco Drago was the first to see the signal from the LIGO experiment
- The 33-year-old at first thought the large signal was a test on equipment
- Scientists confirmed yesterday they had spotted gravitational waves
- The ripples in space-time were predicted 100 years ago by Albert Einstein
As a soft-spoken junior scientist who spends his spare time playing classical piano and writing fantasy novels, he is not the most likely candidate for being someone to make the 'discovery of the century'.
But Dr Marco Drago, an Italian postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck, will go down in the history books as the first person to spot gravitational waves.
The ripples in the fabric of space and time, caused by the collision of two black holes, were first predicted 100 years ago by one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century – Albert Einstein.
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Dr Marco Drago (pictured) was the first person to spot the signal in data coming from detectors that form part of the Laser Interferometre Gravitational-Wave Observatory. More than 1,000 researchers from around the world work on the project. Dr Drago says at first he thought the signal was part of a test
Since his General Theory of Relativity predicted the existence of gravitational waves, physicists have been hunting for these elusive signals.
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