The Penrose–Hawking singularity theorems made Sir Roger Penrose one of the most respected modern scientists in the world. The 89-year-old mathematician and physicist won the 2020 Nobel prize along with two astronomers Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel for their contribution to find out the mysteries of the black hole.
He was instrumental in discovering the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, he also showed how Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity results in a black hole.
|Birthday||8 August 1931|
|Profession||Nobel Prize Winning Scientist|
|Wife||Vanessa Thomas; Joan Isabel Penrose|
|Education||University College London ; St John’s College; Cambridge|
10 Facts About Sir Roger Penrose
- Sir Roger Penrose’s Wikipedia page is being updated and is not fully complete, but you can read all about him with the facts below.
- Vanessa Thomas is Penrose’s wife as of October 2020 and they have a son together.
- Before this, he was married to Joan Isabel Penrose. He has 3 sons from his marriage to Joan.
- There is no information on his fortune but some estimates suggest that he has a net worth of $5 million to $10 million as of October 2020.
- He won half of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for his theoretical work in showing how black holes were formed as per the general theory of relativity. He won the prize along with Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel.
- Their combined work in solving the complex mystery of a black hole has seen them win the coveted prize.
- Other than his Nobel Prize-winning contribution to science, he used to work with the late Stephen Hawking and developed the gravitational singularity theorems which proved that black holes emit radiation, called Hawking radiation after the late scientist.
- The physicist has also received other high honors like the ‘Merit of Commonwealth’ and ‘Fellowship of the Royal Society’.
- He was born on 8 August 1931 in Colchester, England, UK, to Margaret Leathes and Lionel Penrose.
- Penrose is 89 years old as of October 2020.