Level of Influence: Kip Thorne and Ta-Nehisi Coates Crack the TIME 100
Kip Thorne is the founder of LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), and was instrumental in last year’s historic detection of gravitational waves. In his TIME description, written by acclaimed director Christopher Nolan—with whom he worked on Oscar-winning blockbuster Interstellar—Thorne is hailed as a “cosmic visionary,” who “has the kind of brain that never gets used up.” In his talks, Thorne demystifies the science behind Interstellar and other Hollywood hits—and lays bare black holes, gravitational waves, and other marvels of space for everyday audiences.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, a preeminent voice on diversity and a New York Times bestselling author, has been called “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” by the New York Observer. And in his TIME writeup, he’s called “America’s essential author.” He’s won the National Book Award and the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and received a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. His keynotes—imbued with passion, meaning, and timeliness—discuss the black experience in modern America.
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