Congratulations to Roger Penrose - Nobel Prize Winner 2020 Physics

Oct. 6, 2020

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 Roger Penrose

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Prize motivation: "for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity."

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 was divided, one half awarded to Roger Penrose "for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity", the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy."


Congratulations to the 2020 Nobel Prize winners. Our heartfelt wishes to Roger Penrose on this recognition.

We are proud of our affiliation with Sir Roger Penrose who has addressed our conferences over the past decades and who has collaborated with CCS Director Stuart Hameroff on the Orch OR Theory.

Dr. Hameroff teamed up with the eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose in the early 90's and is co-developer with Penrose of the highly controversial theory of consciousness called ‘orchestrated objective reduction’ (Orch OR), based on quantum computations in microtubules.

Here is a selection of articles and videos from our archives on Orchestrated Objective Reduction Theory (Orch OR) and presentations from our Conferences. 



Hameroff Stuart; Penrose Roger.     Consciousness in the universe: A review of the 'Orch OR' theory.  Phys Life Rev, 2014; Mar 11(1):39-78.

Hameroff S, Penrose R    Reply to Seven Commentaries on “Consciousness in the Universe: Review of the ‘Orch OR’ theory".   Physics of Life Reviews, 2014; 11:94–100.

Hameroff S, Penrose R.    Reply to Criticism of the 'Orch OR qubit' - Orchestrated objective reduction is scientifically justified.  Physics of Life Reviews, 2014; 11(1):104-112. 

Hameroff Stuart.     Consciousness, Microtubules and "Orch-OR": A 'Space-time' Odyssey,    Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 21, 3-4, 2014, pp 126-153 PDF



Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff, ElsevierConnect, 2014, Amsterdam

Interview with Nobel prize candidate Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff, ElsevierConnect, Amsterdam - February 19, 2014 - UA CCS Itunes page

Roger Penrose — The quantum nature of consciousness/2045 initiative

Roger Penrose: Cosmic Inflation Is 'Fantasy'-Science Friday


TSC Conferences

TSC Online 2020 - September 14-18, 2020

Roger Penrose

Abstract: Orch-OR: New results on the physics of OR  Roger Penrose (Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, London United Kingdom)   PL11

According to the Hameroff-Penrose Orch-OR proposal, the phenomenon of consciousness depends not only upon large-scale quantum coherence taking place in the brain, but also upon the phenomenon of the collapse of the wave-function being an objective physical phenomenon (OR: the Objective Reduction of the quantum state). There is as yet no accepted theory of OR, but some leading candidates propose that the gravitational field is responsible. Although a recent experiment appears to have eliminated a prominent version of this proposal, the experimental results are in accordance with the OR scheme adopted in Orch-OR. In this scheme there are curious temporal effects that could well clarify some early experimental results due to Libet.

Plenary PL 11, Quantum Consciousness, Friday, September 18, 2020


Harmut Neven, Google Quantum AI | Peter Read, Vitruvian | Anirban Bandyopadhyay, NIMS | Stuart Hameroff, U Arizona | Sir Roger Penrose, Oxford U

Chair: George Musser, Author 



The Science of Consciousness, 2019, Interlaken, Switzerland - Plenary 3 

Roger Penrose, Plenary

TSC 2019- Plen 3 - Interlaken - Sir Roger Penrose


The Science of Consciousness, TSC 2017,  San Diego - Plenary 1 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:10 pm

PL 1   Can Machines Be Conscious ?  Sir Roger Penrose, Oxford University 

Roger Penrose, Joscha Bach, Harmut Neven


Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, 20th Anniversary, Tucson, AZ 2014

Selected Sessions, iTunes - (Library of CCS-iTunes)


The Brainstorm Sessions, Amsterdam, Orch OR theory - Microtubules and the Great Debate about Consciousness, The Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond and UvA Amsterdam

Brain & Cognition Center (ABC) "Night of the Brain" Jan 2014             

Amsterdam Programme.pdf           

Penrose, Bandyopadhyay & Hameroff,  Lezing: Microtubuli & het grote debat over het bewustzijn



Stuart Hameroff on Singularity 1 on 1: Consciousness is ...



Video Highlight

Q&A: 2 renowned physicists on the controversial theory of consciousness (with video)  Elsevier Connect
Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff discuss how the discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' corroborates the theory of consciousness
By Patricia Massar and Mareike Gutschner     Posted on 20 February 2014