By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A UCLA astrophysicist was one of three scientists to be awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physics Tuesday for her pioneering research on black holes.

A screen displays the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics during a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Oct. 6, 2020. (Getty Images)

Andrea Ghez received the award along with Reinhard Genzel of UC Berkeley and Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.”

Andrea Ghez became just the fourth woman to receive the prestigious award, joining the Marie Curie in 1903, Maria Goeppert Mayer in 1963 and Donna Strickland in 2018, according to a news release from UCLA.

Penrose received one-half of the award, while Ghez and Genzel share the other half.

Penrose was awarded “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity.”

Genzel and Ghez were honored “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.”

“I’m thrilled and incredibly honored to receive a Nobel Prize in physics,” said Ghez in a statement. “The research the Nobel committee is honoring today is the product of a wonderful collaboration among the scientists in the UCLA Galactic Center Orbits Initiative and the University of California’s wise investment in the W.M. Keck Observatory.”

Comments (2)
  1. Paul S Martinez says:

    What does being a woman have to do with it…so she has talent and she discipline herself..what a wonderful award..all grads to everyone and her staff..teachers etc..etc,,

  2. Reid Barnes says:

    The formation of black holes is a robust prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, says the 2020 Nobel Committee. Einstein claimed that the bending of light passing near the Sun, famously measured by Arthur Eddington during a solar eclipse, and also that the precession of the orbit of Mercury around the Sun were due to space-time deformation as characterized by his theory. In essence, he claimed that the explanation for the phenomena is that the geometry near massive objects is not Euclidean. Einstein said that “in the presence of a gravitational field, the geometry is not Euclidean.” But if that non-Euclidean geometry is self-contradicting, then Einstein’s explanation and his theory cannot be correct. How can it be correct if the title of the Facebook Note, “Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity Is Based on Self-contradicting Non-Euclidean Geometry,” is a true statement? Just check out the Fb Note, at the link:
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/reid-barnes/einsteins-general-theory-of-relativity-is-based-on-self-contradicting-non-euclid/1676238042428763/

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