American, 2 others win Nobel in Physics for black hole discoveries

Hansson, the academy’s secretary-general, said German Reinhard Genzel and American Andrea Ghez will receive the second half of the prize “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy.”
BREAKING NEWS: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2020 #NobelPrize in Physics with one half to Roger Penrose and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez. The amount was increased recently to adjust for inflation.   The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor (more than $1.1 million), courtesy of a bequest left 124 years ago by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 6, 2020

“I hope I can inspire other young women into the field,” Ghez said at the news conference where the prize was announced, according to the Swedish Academy. Last year’s prize went to Canadian-born cosmologist James Peebles for theoretical work about the early moments after the Big Bang, and Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for discovering a planet outside our solar system.  It is common for several scientists who worked in related fields to share the prize. “It’s a field that has so many pleasures, and if you are passionate about the science, there’s so much that can be done.”   

Penrose, of Britain, worked extensively on black hole research with the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who never won a Nobel Prize himself.   The other prizes are for outstanding work in the fields of chemistry, literature, peace and economics.   On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine to Americans Harvey J. First published on October 6, 2020 / 6:46 AM An American, a Brit and a German share 2020 Nobel in physics for discoveries related to black holes

October 6, 2020 / 9:07 AM

Stockholm — Three physicists won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for discoveries related black holes. Alter and Charles M. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said that Briton Roger Penrose will receive half of this year’s prize “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity.”   Goran K. Rice and British-born scientist Michael Houghton for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus.