Roy Kerr AKA Roy Patrick Kerr Born: 16May1934 Birthplace: Kurow, New Zealand
Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Occupation: Mathematician Nationality: New Zealand Executive summary: Rotating black holes Mathematician Roy Kerr calculated what is now called the Kerr metric, a solution to Albert Einstein's field equations of general relativity which helps explain the physics of rotating black holes. Until Kerr announced his calculations in 1963, most scientists had believed that black holes were a rather cockeyed notion and could not actually exist beyond Karl Schwarzschild's theoretical descriptions, and even Einstein had declared that black holes (then still called Schwarzschild singularities) "do not exist in physical reality”. Retired since1993, Kerr was also collegiate boxer, a champion bridge player, and a selfdescribed "party animal". High School: St. Andrew's College Christchurch, New Zealand (1952) University: MS Mathematics, New Zealand University (1954) University: PhD Mathematics, Cambridge University (1960) Scholar: Gravitation and Relativistic Theories, Syracuse University (196062) Teacher: Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin (196271) Professor: Mathematics, University of Canterbury (197193)
Hughes Medal 1984 Royal Society of New Zealand
Scottish Ancestry
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