GEORGIA TECH PRESS RELEASE | Georgia Tech Lands Seven Yellow Jackets on 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30
Karan Jani, a doctoral researcher at the Center for Relativistic Physics at Georgia Tech, was part of a global team of researchers who helped discover the existence of gravitational waves. His primary research focus is understanding the black holes in our universe and testing Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Because of his contributions, he was named a recipient of the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics awarded by Stephen Hawking. Jani was asked to meet with the prime minister of India to discuss the findings and the greater role of expanding science in India. He hails from a small town in India, and says he had never even seen a telescope until his first year of college, and now he has been part of one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the past century. Jani also serves as vice president of the Graduate Student Government Association at Georgia Tech.