Three scientists won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in forming black holes and the discovery of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.
Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Geese together received the 114th Nobel Prize in Physics.
The award, announced on Tuesday, was presented by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and is valued at 10 million Swedish kroner (870,000 pounds sterling), which will be shared among the winners, with half of it going to Penrose and the other half between Ginzel and Geez.
Penrose, a British mathematical physicist based at the University of Oxford, won his share of the prize for using ingenious mathematical tools to demonstrate that black holes were predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
Genzel and Ghez, two Germans and Americans respectively, were honored for their work as they switched telescopes on our galaxy and discovered the existence of a supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way.
This year’s winners have revealed secrets in the darkest corners of our world. But this is not just an old adventure that has reached its triumphant end, it is a new beginning. “As we get closer to the horizons of black holes, nature may have new surprises,” said Ulf Danielson, professor of theoretical physics at Uppsala University in Sweden.
Guise, only the fourth woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics, said she was thrilled to have won the award. “I hope I can inspire other girls in this field. It’s a field with a lot of fun, and if you’re passionate about science, there’s a lot you can do.”
The committee said the announcement of the winners was delayed due to the delay in contacting the winners.
Dr Ziri Yonsei of University College London, an expert on black holes, said it was great to hear the news of the winners. Black holes are wonderful and mysterious objects. It is wonderful to see the fundamentally important theoretical and observational work of these prize winners recognized by the Nobel Committee. “
“The future of compressed body physics and our quest for understanding black holes is moving at a fast pace, and we hope that there will be more Nobel Prizes on this topic in the coming years.”
On Monday, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, went to three researchers for their work on the hepatitis C virus, a major cause of liver disease.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be announced on Wednesday by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.