Roger Penrose Bio, Affair, Married, Wife, Ethnicity, Age, Nationality

(mathematical physicist)

Relationship Facts of Roger Penrose

  • Roger Penrose is married to Vanessa Thomas.
  • He is father of Four.
  • Roger Penrose is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • His sexual orientation is straight.

Divorced and Remarried!

Penrose is presently married to his second wife Vanessa Thomas. Vanessa is the Director of Academic Development at Cokethorpe School and former head of mathematics at Abingdon School.

Previously, in the year 1959, Penrose tied the knot with Joan Isabel Wedge. Being unable to share a mutual relationship, they decided to separate later on.

Altogether, Penrose has 4 children. 3 children are from his first wife and one from Vanessa.

Who is Roger Penrose?

Roger Penrose is a British mathematician, physicist, and writes philosophy on science. He is a Nobel Laureate of Science in Physics in 2020.

Penrose is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, who is still working after retirement.

In addition to that, he is an honorary fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, and University College London.

Roger Penrose- Age, Early Life & Education

On 8 August 1931, Penrose was born in Colchester, England, UK. He is 90 years old as of today. Roger Penrose belongs to a family of scholars, he is the son of Margaret (Leathes) and Lionel Penrose. His mother is a psychiatrist and his father is a geneticist by work.

Talking about his grandparents, his paternal grandparents were J. Doyle Penrose(Irish-born artist) and The Hon. Elizabeth Josephine Peckover. Furthermore, his maternal grandparents were physiologist, John Beresford Leathes and  Sonia Marie Natanson.

During World War II, he spent as a child in Canada. Back then, his father worked in London, Ontario.

Firstly, Penrose studied at University College School. Later, he attended University College London. Also in 1952, he was awarded a first-class degree in mathematics from the University of London. Finally, he completed his MSc, Ph.D. from St John’s College, Cambridge.

Roger Penrose- Body Features

He is a white man with average height and weight. As a result of old age, he has grey hair and also has brown eyes. His other details on body measurements are not available.

Roger Penrose- Job & Career

After his Ph.D. in 1957, Penrose had temporary posts at several universities in both England and the United States. From 1964 to 1973, he served as a scholar of applied mathematics at Birkbeck College, London.

Meanwhile, in 1969 with Stephen Hawking, he proved that all matter within a black hole collapses to a singularity. It is a geometric point in space where mass is compressed to infinite density and zero volume.

From the year, 1973 he started the Rouse-Ball Chair of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

His career was about researching as a Mathematician, working to discover the formation of the Black Hole.

Awards & Honors

Recently in 2020, Penrose received one-half of the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the black hole formation.

Back in 2017,  for his contributions to the history of science, he was awarded the ‘Commandino Medal’ at Urbino University.

In 2005, Penrose was appreciated as an honorary doctorate from Warsaw University. Later, in 2006 the University of York did the same.

Roger Penrose- Net worth, Salary

The estimated net worth of Roger Penrose as of today is $7 Million. His job as a professor in Universities is his source of earnings. However, his detailed annual salary information is unknown.


  • In the year 1958, he has done a thesis on Tensor Methods in Algebraic Geometry under algebraist and geometer John A. Todd.
  • Penrose wrote books namely In The Emperor’s New Mind (1989), Shadows of the Mind(1994), and in 1997 with The Large, the Small, and the Human Mind.  He combined observations of anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff in his books.
  • Later in January 2014, Hameroff and Penrose ventured the discovery of quantum vibrations in microtubules by Anirban Bandyopadhyay of the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan.
  • He regards himself as an agonist and says, “I’m not a believer myself. I don’t believe in established religions of any kind.”


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