Thorne was born in Logan, Utah on June 1, 1940. His father was an Agronomist, His mother Alison Thorne, was an Economist and the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in the Economics Department of Iowa State College. Raised in an academic environment, two of his four siblings also Became Professors. Thorne's parents were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormons and raised Thorne in the LDS faith, Though he now Describes himself as atheist. Regarding his views on science and religion, Thorne has stated: "There are large numbers of my finest colleagues who are quite devout and believe in God, There is no fundamental incompatibility between Science and religion. I happen to not believe in God.
He was the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology Caltech until 2009 and is one of the world's leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein's general theory of relativity. He continues to do scientific research and scientific consulting, most notably for the Christopher Nolan film Interstellar.
Thorne's research has Principally Focused on Relativistic Astrophysics and Gravitation physics, with emphasis on Relativistic stars, black holes and especially Gravitational waves. He is perhaps best known to the Public for his Controversial theory that wormholes can conceivably be used for time Travel. However, Thorne's scientific contributions, which center on the general nature of space, time, and gravity, span the full range of topics in general relativity.
In 2017, Thorne was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Rainer Weiss and Barry C. Barish "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves".