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OUP celebrates their Nobel Prize winning authors

Released on October 14, 2020

Oxford, UK – Oxford University Press is delighted to have published so many of this year’s Nobel laureates across the various disciplines.


OUP author, Roger Penrose, has been jointly awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for his “discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”.

Announcing the Prize, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences wrote of the “ingenious mathematical methods” used by Penrose in his proof that black holes are a direct consequence of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, going on to state that “his groundbreaking article is still regarded as the most important contribution to the general theory of relativity since Einstein.”

Penrose is the author of the award-winning The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (part of the Oxford Landmark Science series) and his own six-part series of collected works.

OUP has also published papers by Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel, who share the prize with Prof. Penrose for their discovery of a ‘supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy’ especially in the open access journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Read more about Roger Penrose and Black Hole Formation here.


In further Nobel news, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors, a method of genome editing that can be used in the treatment of diseases like sickle cell anemia or muscular dystrophy.

Both scientists are frequent contributors to OUP journals and Professor Charpentier even featured in a recent 'Spotlight' article discussing her career and work. This is the first time in the history of the Nobel prize that the chemistry prize has been won by two women without having to share the medal with a man. Professors Charpentier and Doudna joined Professor Ghez (the fourth female recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics) in hoping that their visible success would help to encourage the next generation of scientists.

Read more about Professors Charpentier and Doudna here.


OUP would also like to congratulate the American poet Louise Glück, the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. Glück is known for her reflective verse and reworkings of Classical myths which in the words of the Nobel Academy ‘makes individual existence universal’. Louise Glück is a key figure in our Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry which includes poems from throughout her career so far. You can also find Gluck’s poems in volumes like Gods and Mortals where her take on the figure of Odysseus reimagines the hero inherited from Homer and Tennyson’s interpretation.

The Nobel success is sure to bring Glück new readers who might also be interested in reading some of our critical work on her here, here, and here.


The Nobel Prize for Economics is awarded this year to Stanford University professors Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson for their globally beneficial work on auction theory which emphasizes the real-world application of their theories, including their examination of the ‘winner’s curse’ phenomenon. OUP has not only published several articles by both men, but we are the publisher of Prof. Wilson’s Nonlinear Pricing which the Journal of Economic Literature heralded as ‘an essential reference’ that makes clear the practical application of theoretical mathematics to everyday scenarios.


The Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded this year to Harvey J Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M Rice for their research into treating Hepatitis C. OUP has published articles by Michael Houghton and Charles Rice that focus on Hepatitis C.

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