Geoff Penington receives the APS George E. Valley, Jr. Prize

October 23, 2023

Geoff Penington in front of a chalkboard

Assistant Professor Geoff Penington has been selected to receive the American Physical Society’s George E. Valley, Jr. Prize, which recognizes an early-career individual for an outstanding scientific contribution to physics that is deemed to have significant potential for a dramatic impact on the field. The prize includes a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient, an allowance for travel to the APS Medal and Prize Ceremony and Reception in Washington, D.C., and an invited talk at an APS March or April Meeting. Geoff is cited for:

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

Congratulations, Geoff!

Read more about Geoff Penington in this APS News feature

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.