Charles W. Misner, Ph.D and Susanne E. Misner established the Weber Endowment for Gravitational Physics in July 2019, an endowed fund that will support the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences physics and/or astronomy activities related to gravitational waves, with acknowledgement of Joseph Weber's early role in establishing the field of gravitational wave astronomy.
Joseph Weber was a professor at UMD. Weber and UMD played a serious role in the development of gravitational wave detection and theory. Charles W. Misner worked with Professor Weber to perform this research. Charles and Susanne are delighted to see Weber widely acknowledged as the father of gravitational wave astronomy.