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Prof Reinhard Genzel
22 July 2011, Larmor Lecture Theatre, 7pm
Prof Reinhard Genzel is an expert in the astrophysics of massive black holes. He is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Munich, Germany and a Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He was the recipient of the 2007 Albert Einstein Medal.
Over the past two decades, compelling evidence has been obtained for the existence of black holes with masses millions of times that of our Sun. In 2008, Reinhard Genzel won the prestigious Shaw Prize for establishing the existence of such a supermassive black hole in the centre of our own Milky Way.