John C. Mather

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John C. Mather

Born August 7, 1946 (1946-08-07) (age 68)
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields Astrophysics, cosmology
Institutions NASA
Alma mater Swarthmore College
University of California, Berkeley
Known for Cosmic microwave background radiation
Notable awards Nobel prize medal.svg Nobel Prize in Physics (2006)

Professor John Cromwell Mather (b. 7 August 1946) is an American astrophysicist and cosmologist who was born on August 7, 1946, Roanoke. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on COBE satellite with George Smoot. The COBE satellite measures black holes and cosmic radiation.

This work supported the big-bang theory of the universe beginning and made cosmology much more accurate. The Nobel Prize committee said: "the COBE-project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science."[1]

Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and he is a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2007, Mather was listed in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World.

Education and early work[change | change source]

Picture of cosmic radiation taken by COBE

Work with COBE[change | change source]

After being awarded his Ph.D. Professor Mather went to work at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University, he started the work on COBE (1974-1976). More than 1,000 researchers, engineers and other workers made the COBE satellite. John Mather was in control of them all and created the technology for measuring the cosmic radiation. George Smoot had the job of measuring small changes in the temperature of the radiation.[1]

Professor Mather and John Boslough wrote all about the COBE teams work in a book called The Very First Light.[2]

Awards[change | change source]

Other pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (3 October 2006). "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2006" (.PDF). Press release. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2006/info.html. Retrieved 2006-10-05.
  2. Mather, John; Boslough, John (1997). The Very First Light: The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0465015751.

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