Theoretical physicist and Princeton University Press author Roger Penrose has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, with Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez, for his work on black holes.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded him the prize for the discovery that black hole formation is “a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”.
Its announcement said: "Roger Penrose used ingenious mathematical methods in his proof that black holes are a direct consequence of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity…10 years after Einstein’s death, Roger Penrose proved that black holes really can form and described them in detail; at their heart, black holes hide a singularity in which all the known laws of nature cease. His groundbreaking article is still regarded as the most important contribution to the general theory of relativity since Einstein.”
Penrose, Rouse Ball professor of mathematics at Oxford University, is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists and a winner of the Albert Einstein Medal for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He is also the bestselling author, with Stephen Hawking, of The Nature of Space and Time (Princeton).
With PUP, he has also released Fashion Faith and Fantasy: In the New Physics of the Universe and his writing is included in Best Writing on Mathematics 2013. His other books include Vintage titles Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe and The Road to Relativity: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe.
Princeton University Press director Christie Henry said: “It is thrilling that professor Penrose’s extraordinarily important research has received this global recognition. We are deeply honored by our collaborations with him, and grateful that he has entrusted PUP with the publication of many of his impactful books.”
The Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced tomorrow (8th October).