Roy Kerr

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Roy Patrick Kerr (; born 16 May 1934) is a New Zealand mathematician who discovered the Kerr geometry, an exact solution to the Einstein field equation of general relativity. His solution models the gravitational field outside an uncharged rotating massive object, including a rotating black hole. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roy Kerr has received more than 104,307 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Roy Kerr is the 522nd most popular mathematician (down from 490th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from New Zealand (down from 23rd in 2019) and the most popular New Zealander Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Roy Kerr ranks 522 out of 828Before him are Jai Singh II, Ian Stewart, Jacques Herbrand, Ernst Leonard Lindelöf, Benedetto Castelli, and Joseph Valentin Boussinesq. After him are Chen Jingrun, Henryk Zygalski, Serge Lang, Axel Thue, Pingala, and Nina Bari.

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Among people born in 1934, Roy Kerr ranks 223Before him are Jackie Wilson, Phan Văn Khải, Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan, Adolf Merckle, Anna Maria Ferrero, and Ronald Harwood. After him are James Drury, Enrique Collar, Mahbub ul Haq, Joseph Bologna, Gennadiy Aygi, and Zilda Arns.

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Among people born in New Zealand, Roy Kerr ranks 30 out of 206Before him are Patsy Reddy (1954), Peter Snell (1938), Cliff Curtis (1968), Andrew Niccol (1964), Helen Clark (1950), and Taika Waititi (1975). After him are Rosé (1997), Jacinda Ardern (1980), William Phillips (1914), Wynton Rufer (1962), Clive Revill (1930), and Richard Curtis (1956).


Among mathematicians born in New Zealand, Roy Kerr ranks 1After him are Vaughan Jones (1952).