Italian astrophysicist among the “100 most influencing people” according to Time
Marica Branchesi, a researcher working at GSSI-Gran Sasso Science Institute and INFN, was included to the Time annual list of the world’s most influential people.
An extraordinary recognition to the role of the Italian astrophysicist in the recent historical first detection of a collision between neutron stars: an event that marked the beginning of a new era in the observation of the Universe.
Marica Branchesi was one of the speakers at the conference held on 16 October 2017 in Washington D.C. simultaneously with several other cities all around the world, during which the discovery was announced to the world. Being a member of the LIGO/VIRGO collaboration, the researcher played a crucial role in coordinating the investigations which led to the first extraordinary detection of this cosmic event with joint signals of gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiations.
“I am very excited, this recognition was really unexpected!”, said Marica Branchesi. “The revolutionary discoveries obtained by detecting gravitational waves as well as the international recognitions received over the last few months brought great emotions. I am extremely honoured that, thanks to this nomination by TIME, Italy and Italian scientific research are recognized at the international level”, concluded Branchesi.
Marica Branchesi has been working at GSSI as a researcher since 2017 and in 2009 she joined the LIGO/VIRGO international collaboration involved in research on gravitational waves. Her investigations in astrophysics concern the emission, formation and evolution of black holes and neutron stars. She is chair of the Gravitational Wave Commission of the International Astronomical Union and member of the Gravitational Wave International Committee. Before Time magazine, the Nature journal included the Italian astrophysicist in the international ranking of the 10 most influencing researchers in December 2017, as the only Italian scientist.