Members of Academia Europaea, Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS MAE and Professor Reinhard Genzel FRS MAE are among this year’s Nobel Prize winners.
Sir Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford was awarded “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”. Professor Reinhard Genzel from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and Professor Andrea Ghez from the University of California were jointly awarded “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.”
About Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS MAE
Sir Roger Penrose is a Professor at the University of Oxford. His fields of scholarship include mathematical physics, cosmology, relativity, philosophy of physics and brain science. Sir Roger has received a great number of highly prestigious awards including the 1988 Wolf Prize in Physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking, and the Royal Society’s 2008 Copley Medal. Sir Roger became a member of the Mathematics section of the Academia Europaea in 2019, the same year he was awarded Academia Europaea’s Erasmus Medal.
About Professor Reinhard Genzel FRS MAE
Professor Genzel is a Professor of Physics at the University of California Berkeley and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. His fields of Scholarship include experimental astrophysics and infrared and submillimetre astronomy. Previously he has been awarded the Balzan Prize (2003) and the Albert Einstein Medal (2007). He was elected to the Academia Europaea in 1995.