University of California Professors Take Home Nobel Prize for Discovery of ‘Supermassive’ Black Hole
Two University of California professors have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy” — also known as a black hole.
The work of UC Berkeley Professor Reinhard Genzel, UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez, and Roger Penrose of England has greatly improved our understanding of black holes, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. The Academy made the announcement Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden. The prize comes with a gold medal and more than $1.1 million.
The hole the professors discovered is said to be four million times the mass of our sun.
How a black hole is formed (see figure).The 2020 #NobelPrize in Physics has been awarded with one half to Roger Penrose and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez. pic.twitter.com/OcCngdQxfG— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 6, 2020