Ronald William Prest Drever ( born 1931 ) is a Scottish physicist.
Drever received the B.Sc. (Pure Science Honours) from the University of Glasgow in 1953 and the Ph.D. ( in Natural Philosophy) in 1958 from the same university. He was co-founder of the LIGO project ( Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) and was involved in the invention of the Pound - Drever named after him - Hall process. He also conducted one of the first Hughes - Drever experiments.
Drever was a consultant for governments to finance projects in the field of science, including at the National Science Foundation (USA ) and the Astronomy Policy and Grants Committee ( UK). He was also Vice- President of the Royal Astronomical Society.