Prize Recipient

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Geoff Penington
University of California, Berkeley


"For computation of the quantum entropy of an evaporating black hole and its radiation."


Geoff Penington is the Silverman Chair and Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research lies at the interface between quantum gravity and quantum information science; much of his work has focused on the quantum mechanics of black holes. Prof Penington received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Cambridge in 2015, where he was awarded the Hartree and Clerk Maxwell Prizes. He then went on to study at Stanford University where he received his PhD in 2020 under Patrick Hayden; his thesis was awarded the Bergman-Wheeler Thesis Prize. Prof Penington then joined UC Berkeley as an assistant professor. From 2021-2022, he was a Visiting Professor at the institute for Advanced Study. Prof Penington is the recipient of an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy, a Frontiers in Science Award, and the New Horizons in Physics Prize.