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Roger Penrose - Biography

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

  • the 1988 Wolf Prize which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their understanding of the universe
  • the Royal Society Royal Medal
  • the Albert Einstein prize.
His 1989 book the Emperor's New Mind became a best-seller and won the 1990 (Rhone-Poulenc) Science Book Prize. His latest book (1994) is Shadows of the Mind.

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.