Jewish scientist wins Nobel Prize in Physics

British Jewish Sir Roger Penrose has won the Nobel Prize for Physics along with two other scientists.

The trio (Primrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez) received special recognition for “the discovery that the formation of black holes is a robust prediction of general relativity,” said the Nobel Committee. The award pays tribute to “one of the most exotic objects in the universe, the black hole, where time seems to stand still.”

Penrose, who was knighted in 1994, comes from an academic family. His grandmother, Sonia Marie Natanson, was a Jewish concert pianist who left Russia in the late 19th century. She married physiologist John Beresford Leathes, the son of the Hebrew scholar Stanley Leathes. Penrose’s siblings are theoretical physicist Oliver Penrose, chess player Jonathan Penrose and Shirley Hodgson, a geneticist.

Penrose proved with mathematics that the formation of black holes is possible. His theory is strongly based on Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

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