Roger Penrose wins the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

Roger Penrose became a Nobel laureate at the age of 89. His contributions to physics and mathematics are well recognized. He has many awards, just look at the “awards” section of the Wikipedia article about him. Please also take a look at the “Known for” section in that article. Nobel Prize for Roger Penrose was long overdue.

I was elated when I learned the decision of the Nobel committee. Last time I had this feeling was when Aziz Sancar became the first Turkish scientist to win a Nobel Prize.

Why do I admire Roger Penrose so much? It is not just his breadth – from mathematics to gravitational theories to quantum mechanics and most importantly to his research into the nature of consciousness – but it is also his courage to challenge the scientific establishment that deserves my respect.

I mentioned Roger Penrose many times in my blog posts. Here’s a short list:

A profile of Roger Penrose by Philip Ball

Roger Penrose’s latest book: Fashion, Faith and Fantasy

Three Worlds and Three Mysteries of Penrose

Following the announcement the Nobel website places a document known as the “Scientific background”. These documents are excellent tutorials.

Theoretical foundation for black holes and the supermassive compact object at the galactic center

Here’s John Baez’s explanation of Penrose’s Nobel Prize

Here’s some of the news coverage of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

New York Times


BBC News

Quanta Magazine: Physics Nobel Awarded for Black Hole Breakthroughs

Peter Woit’s comments

The Guardian

Graham Farmelo’s profile of Roger Penrose

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