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7 October 2020
Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez Awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for Their Discoveries about Black Holes
Photographer: Andy Holmes
Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez share this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe—the black hole. Roger Penrose showed that the general theory of relativity leads to the formation of black holes. Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez discovered that an invisible and extremely heavy object governs the orbits of stars at the centre of our galaxy. A supermassive black hole is the only currently known explanation.
Sir Roger Penrose, who is a Professor at the Mathematical Institute at University of Oxford, joined the Advisory Board of the journal Universe in October 2017 and continues to provide invaluable and constructive suggestions for the development of the journal. We congratulate Professor Penrose on receiving the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. We also extend our congratulations to Professor Reinhard Genzel and Professor Andrea Ghez who share this prize with Professor Penrose.