Ted Newman


Ezra T. Newman (1929- ) is an American physicist well known for his many contributions to general relativity and a professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. Newman was a prominent contributor to the golden age of general relativity (roughly 1960-1975). In 1962, together with Roger Penrose, he introduced the powerful Newman-Penrose formalism for working with spinorial quantities in general relativity. In 1963, Newman and two coworkers discovered the NUT vacuum, an exact vacuum solution to the Einstein field equation which has become a famous "counterexample to everything". In 1965, he discovered the Kerr-Newman black hole, an exact solution of Einstein's equations that describes a rotating charged black hole. Newman was awarded the 2011 Einstein Prize of the American Physical Society.