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Southampton physicists congratulate Nobel Prize winner Sir Roger Penrose

Published: 12 November 2020
Sir Roger Penrose - recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physics

Physicists from the University of Southampton have praised the "tremendous and well-deserved" share of this year's Nobel Prize for Physics for Professor Sir Roger Penrose.

Sir Roger, a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Southampton in 2002, has been jointly awarded the global honour for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity.

Over many years, Sir Roger and his colleagues from the University of Oxford - where he is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics – have visited Southampton to deliver seminars and public talks on relativity and his work.

He shares the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics with Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for their work on black holes.

Ivette Fuentes Guridi, Professor of Physics at Southampton, says: "I'm delighted for this tremendous and well-deserved global recognition of Roger's contributions to Physics. Sir Roger has been an invaluable mentor to me and so many others around the world, helping to nurture and encourage our careers.

"I've had the privilege to collaborate with him, including two recent papers proposing experiments to test his ideas on the collapse of quantum superpositions due to gravity. And as a Founder in the Roger Penrose Institute, we will soon be working with Roger to bring the UK arm of the Institute to Southampton which is incredibly exciting."

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