Professor Alberto Vecchio

Alberto Vecchio


Turing Fellow

Partner Institution


Alberto Vecchio is an astrophysicist, and founding director of the Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy. His interests span the astrophysics of compact objects - black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs - and gravitational-wave observations across a wide frequency spectrum, e.g. using ground-based detectors such as LIGO, pulsar timing arrays and the future Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). He is a member of the LIGO Team that detected gravitational waves in September 2015 and discovered the first binary black hole merger. He is a Royal Society Wolfson Fellow and co-recipient of the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.