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Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for Gravitational Wave discovery to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne

Sweden’s Royal Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday that it had awarded the 2017 Nobel Physics prize.

The prize, established by the Swedish inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel, in 1895, is worth 9 million kronor (€938,949, $1.1 million).

In 2016, the prize went to three British-born researchers – David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz  for their work in applying topology to the workings of exotic matter such as superconductors and superfluids.

The prize has been shared among multiple winners for the past 25 years.

On Monday, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to American trio Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their work on circadian rhythms, often called body clocks.

Wednesday is to see the announcement of the winner(s) of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, with the literature prize winner(s) to be announced on Thursday and the much-awaited peace prize winner(s) on Friday.

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