The German astrophysicist Reinhard Genzel receives the Nobel Prize in Physics together with a British researcher and a US scientist. The Nobel Committee honors the prize winners for their achievements in black hole research.
The German astrophysicist Reinhard Genzel is one of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. He will be honored together with the British researcher Roger Penrose and the US scientist Andrea Ghez, the Nobel Committee declared in Stockholm on Tuesday. All three prize winners are considered pioneers in research on black holes. The prize money is ten million Swedish kroner (about 950,000 euros).
The Nobel Prize in Physics is divided this year: One half of it goes to Penrose for “the discovery that the formation of black holes is a robust prediction of general relativity,” the Nobel Committee said. The other half goes jointly to Genzel and Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of the Milky Way.
Last year, groundbreaking contributions to understanding the cosmos had already been honored with the Nobel Prize: The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics went to the US cosmologist James Peebles and the Swiss exoplanet discoverers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz.
This year’s Nobel Prize season started on Monday with the announcement of the winners of the Medicine Prize. The award went to the two US researchers Harvey Alter and Charles Rice and their British colleague Michael Houghton for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus. The Prize for Chemistry and Literature will follow in the coming days, the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday and the Prize for Economics on Monday.