The Portuguese Society on Relativity and Gravitation has awarded the first edition of the “Alberto” prize to Jorge V. Rocha, for his contributions to the study of black holes in various dimensions, including exact solutions, gravitational collapse and cosmic censorship. This award will be granted yearly at the traditional Black Holes Workshop to a young researcher who is a member of the Society.
Jorge V. Rocha is a theoretical physicist from Lisbon, Portugal, whose research interests revolve around gravitational theories and black holes. He completed his undergraduate studies with distinction at Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) and obtained a PhD degree in Physics from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008, under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Polchinski. He moved on to a first postdoctoral position with Prof. Vitor Cardoso in Centro Multidisciplinar de Astrofísica-IST. Since 2015, Jorge V. Rocha has been at Universitat de Barcelona with a Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual Fellowship, under supervision of Prof. Roberto Emparan.