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Roger Penrose

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Penrose in 2011
Born 8 August 1931 (1931-08-08) (age 89)
Colchester, England
Nationality British
Alma mater
  • University College, London
  • St John’s College, Cambridge
Known for
  • Twistor theory
  • Spin network
  • Abstract index notation
  • Black hole bomb
  • Geometry of spacetime
  • Cosmic censorship
  • Weyl curvature hypothesis
  • Penrose inequalities
  • Penrose interpretation of quantum mechanics
  • Moore–Penrose pseudoinverse
  • Newman–Penrose formalism
  • Penrose diagram
  • Penrose inequality
  • Penrose process
  • Penrose tiling
  • Penrose stairs
  • Penrose graphical notation
  • Penrose transform
  • Penrose-Terrell effect
  • pp-wave spacetime
  • Schrödinger–Newton equations
  • Orch-OR/Penrose–Lucas argument
  • FELIX experiment
  • Trapped surface
  • Andromeda paradox
  • Conformal cyclic cosmology
Awards
  • Adams Prize 1966
  • Heineman Prize (1971)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society (1972)
  • Eddington Medal (1975)
  • Royal Medal (1985)
  • Wolf Prize (1988)
  • Dirac Medal (1989)
  • Albert Einstein Medal (1990)
  • Naylor Prize and Lectureship (1991)
  • James Scott Prize Lectureship (1997–2000)
  • Karl Schwarzschild Medal (2000)
  • De Morgan Medal (2004)
  • Copley Medal (2008)
  • Fonseca Prize (2011)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematical physics, tessellations
Institutions
Thesis Tensor Methods in Algebraic Geometry (1958)
Doctoral advisor John A. Todd
Other academic advisors W. V. D. Hodge
Doctoral students
  • Claude LeBrun
  • Tristan Needham
  • Richard Jozsa
  • Richard S. Ward
  • Andrew Hodges
  • Asghar Qadir
  • Lane P. Hughston
  • Tim Poston
Influenced

Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS (born 8 August 1931) is an English mathematical physicist and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College.

He is renowned for his work in Astrophysics, in particular his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He is also a recreational mathematician and philosopher.

Roger Penrose is the brother of mathematician Oliver Penrose and chess grandmaster Jonathan Penrose. He was born in Colchester, Essex, England.

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