Duncan Brown is the Charles Brightman Professor of Physics at Syracuse University. Brown has worked in gravitational-wave astronomy for 20 years and played a lead role in LIGO’s discovery of binary black hole and binary neutron star collisions. Brown’s research involves using gravitational-wave observations to understand the nature of the universe. His contributions to LIGO’s Nobel Prize-winning observations have opened a new window onto physics, astronomy and cosmology, while reframing fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of the universe. Recently, his team contributed to a major discovery: witnessing the collision of two neutron stars in deep space and the resulting afterglow that signified the the creation of gold, platinum, and other heavy elements. Brown’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Kavli Frontiers Fellow, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Internet2.