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Roy Kerr, Christchurch, 2013

Roy Kerr, Christchurch, 2013

Physicist and mathematician Roy Kerr holds a portrait of Albert Einstein, in Christchurch in 2013. In 1963 Kerr revolutionised physics by producing a set of mathematical solutions to Einstein's equations of general relativity. The 'Kerr solution' gave an explanation for the astronomical phenomenon of rotating black holes. Kerr spent the late 1950s at Cambridge University and most of the 1960s at the University of Texas at Austin. He returned to New Zealand in 1971, and became professor of mathematics at the University of Canterbury .

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Reference: 2 March 2013, p. C2
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Rebecca Priestley, 'Physics, chemistry and mathematics - New Zealand mathematicians and chemists overseas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43369/roy-kerr-christchurch-2013 (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 22 Oct 2014