The guest speaker for this year’s Christmas Lecture, taking place at the Regent Street Cinema, was Professor Sir Roger Penrose, an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science known for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He was introduced by the University of Westminster’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Peter Bonfield and IEEE UK and Ireland Section Chair Professor Mike Hinchey.
Professor Sir Roger Penrose’s work has been a major factor in understanding black holes, having been knighted in 1994 for his services to science. He has received several awards, including the 1975 Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society jointly awarded to Stephen Hawking, and the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, shared with Hawking for the Penrose-Hawking singularity theorems.
Penrose is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. In 2010, he reported possible evidence of an earlier universe prior to the Big Bang of our own current universe in his book Cycles of Time.