UP student is PH’s first homegrown gravitational physicist

The Philippines now has its first homegrown gravitational physicist!

Reginald Christian Bernardo from the University of the Philippines finished his last requirement for his doctorate, making him the country’s first gravitational physicist.

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This was announced in a social media by the University of the Philippines last Wednesday, May 27. The post said, “In spite of the coronavirus pandemic rattling the globe, the University of the Philippines National Institute of Physics (NIP) managed to achieve a historical milestone.”

PH to graduate its first gravitational physicistIn spite of the coronavirus pandemic rattling the globe, the…

Posted by University of the Philippines on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

“Last Friday, NIP approved Reginald Christian Bernardo’s dissertation — the last requirement for his doctorate — on alternative theories of gravity, unofficially marking Bernardo as the country’s first homegrown gravitational physicist,” the post read.

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Bernardo’s credentials will be official after a few documents are signed. Last May 22, he successfully defended his dissertation titled Compact Objects, Cosmologies, and Gravitational Perturbations in Scalar-Tensor Theories of Gravity during a Zoom teleconference.

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