Who Is Peter Kalmus?
Peter Kalmus was born on May 9, 1974, and was interested in the sciences from a young age.
Kalmus' education began in earnest when he attended Harvard University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1997.
While attending Harvard, Kalmus used the measurement technique of Fourier-transform spectrometry to discover and categorize the quantum-mechanical rotational spectra of several chemicals like cyanopolyynes found in interstellar clouds.
After graduating, Kalmus taught high school physics in Massachusetts and supplemented this job by writing software in New York City. He continued his education in 2004 by enrolling at Columbia Univesity for Graduate school. Four years later, he received his Ph.D. in physics.
Kalmus' Ph.D. work consisted of searching for gravitational waves as a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a multi-award-winning collaboration of international physics institutes and research groups dedicated to the search for gravitational waves. As of November 2015, 94 institutes have LIGO members.
Kalmus continued his LIGO work as a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology.
He led a major full-collaboration search for gravitational waves from various entities like magnetars, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae. This search also contributed to precisely calibrating the world's gravitational wave observatories.