UC Legend - Roy Kerr

Mathematician Roy Kerr is best known for his discovery of the exact solution to the Einstein field equation of general relativity.

Roy Kerr

Roy Kerr is a mathematician who, in 1963, discovered the Kerr metric – an exact solution to the Einstein field equation of general relativity. The solution had eluded scientists for 47 years and provides the absolutely exact representation of untold numbers of black holes that populate the universe.

His discovery was so remarkable it has been compared to the discovery of a new particle in physics. For his contribution, Kerr has been awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society of London, the Rutherford Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Marcel Grossman Award in 2006, the Albert Einstein Medal in 2013 and the Crafoord Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2016.

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