Roger Penrose is the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.
He was born in Colchester, Essex, UK in 1931, attended University College School, London, was awarded a B.Sc. degree at University College, London and a PH.D. degree at St. John's College, Cambridge.
He held several posts in UK and USA, most particularly at Birkbeck College, London.
He has received a number of prizes and awards including
He has research interests in geometry, having made contributions to the theory of non-periodic tilings, to relativity theory and the foundation of quantum theory. He has contributed to the science of consciousness. His main research programme is to develop the theory of twistors, which he originated over 30 years ago as an attempt to unite Einstein's general theory of relativity with quantum mechanics.
In 1994 he was knighted for services to science.