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Losing the Nobel Prize by Brian Keating

Losing the Nobel Prize by Brian Keating

Author:Brian Keating
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company


O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN!

Eventually, things settled down on BICEP2. I had begun to split my time between POLARBEAR and BICEP activities.

Four weeks after BICEP2 began observing, on January 22, 2010, I was in the middle of a POLARBEAR collaboration meeting at UC Berkeley when Paul Richards, Andrew Lange’s thesis advisor, burst into the conference room. Two decades earlier, he had supervised Andrew in that very room.

“Andrew is dead,” Paul cried out. “He committed suicide.”

I couldn’t breathe. It was incomprehensible. The room fell silent. The first person I called was Jamie. He confirmed it: Andrew was gone. I went out into the cold, damp air and stared in silence for almost an hour.



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