Pakistani Astrophysicist contributes to Gravitational Wave Discovery

Nergis Mavalvala, a quantum astrophysicist, takes part in proving Einstein’s gravitational wave hypothesis.

Nergis Mavalvala, Pakistani Astrophysicist (Source: Dawn)

Among the almost 1,000 scientists working for what Albert Einstein had told us about gravitational waves a century ago, Pakistani astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala is quite a woman worth emulating.

Dr. Mavalvala is an expat MIT professor and a member of the US-based LIGO Scientific Collaboration. She is one of the brains at the Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory. What’s so special about her?


After the feat had surfaced the social media, her efforts were very much credited at her home country Pakistan. Hundreds of comments on Facebook posts had attributed her success to her Pakistani roots, the Parsi community she belongs to and her schooling at Karachi’s Convent of Jesus and Mary.

The Pakistani community is indeed proud of her achievements despite not being able to go back home for almost 30 years. But Dr. Mavalvala wants her countrymen to be inspired by her story of perseverance. She encourages people that anybody should be able to succeed regardless of gender, religion, and sexual preference.

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Pakistani Astrophysicist contributes to Gravitational Wave Discovery

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