Roger Penrose

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Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS HonFInstP (born 8 August 1931)[1] is an English mathematician, mathematical physicist, philosopher of science and Nobel Laureate in Physics.[2] He is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, an emeritus fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, and an honorary fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and University College London.[3][4][5]

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Roger Penrose

Penrose in 2011
Roger Penrose

(1931-08-08) 8 August 1931 (age 92)
Alma mater
Known for
Joan Isabel Wedge
(m. 1959, divorced)
Vanessa Thomas
(m. 1988)
RelativesLionel Penrose (father), Roland Penrose (uncle), Jonathan Penrose (brother), Oliver Penrose (brother), Shirley Hodgson (sister), Antony Penrose (cousin)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematical physics, tessellations
ThesisTensor Methods in Algebraic Geometry (1958)
Doctoral advisorJohn A. Todd
Other academic advisorsW. V. D. Hodge
Doctoral students

Penrose has contributed to the mathematical physics of general relativity and cosmology. He has received several prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize in Physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for the Penrose–Hawking singularity theorems,[6] and the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity".[7][8][9][10][lower-alpha 1] He is regarded as one of the greatest living physicists, mathematicians and scientists, and is particularly noted for the breadth and depth of his work in both natural and formal sciences.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

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