I’m not even trying to suppress a little glow of delight that I was the one who got to ask Stephen Hawking, a month before the announcement that gravitational waves (GWs) have been detected, when or if that would happen. That isn’t to claim any great prescience; it was an obvious thing to ask, not least because the most sophisticated GW detectors on the planet, the Advanced LIGO facilities in Washington and Louisiana, had just switched back on after both being upgraded. And the fact that Hawking replied, during the Q&A of his BBC Reith Lectures at the Royal Institution in London, that GWs would probably be seen in the next five years, implies that he was as unaware as I was that one had already been detected.
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