- Richard H. Price
name = Richard H. Price
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New York City, New York
University of Texas at Brownsville
alma_mater = Caltech, Cornell University
known_for = Relativity and
Richard H. Price is a leading American
physicist, well known for his important work in general relativity.
Price graduated from
Stuyvesant High Schoolin 1960, and went on to earn a dual degree in physics and engineering from Cornell Universityin 1965. He earned his Ph.D. in 1971from Caltechunder the supervision of Kip Thorne. He has spent most of his career at the University of Utah, but in 2004joined Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Texas at Brownsville.
Price is probably best known for a
1972result now known as Price's theorem. This is usually informally stated as follows: "any inhomogeneities in the spacetime geometry outside a black hole will be radiated away". (Any such inhomogeneities can be quantified as nonzero higher multipole moments.) Price's theorem explains how the no hair theoremis enforced. Price also made pioneering numerical simulations which established (nonrigorously) a precise scenario for the emission of gravitational radiation during the merger of two compact objects (such as two black holes). Subsequent work has largely confirmed the scenario which was first developed in his work. These simulations have provided a major impetus for the development of gravitational wavedetectors such as LIGO.
Price is the coauthor of three well known books in
* [http://www.phys.utb.edu/~rprice/rprice.html Price's home page at the University of Texas]
* [http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/PricesTheorem.html Price's theorem] from Eric Weisstein's World of Physics
* [http://www.physics.uiuc.edu/research/CTA/movies/collapse/price/ Price's theorem at University of Illinois, Chicago Circle]
*cite book | author=Lightman, Alan P.; Press, William H.; Price, Richard H.; and Teukolsky, Saul A. | title=Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation | location=Princeton | publisher=Princeton University Press | year=1975 | id=ISBN 0-691-08162-X
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