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John Mather

Astrophysicist, NASA
Nobel Laureate

John Mather is the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, and as such played a pivotal role in JWST development and continues to play a pivotal role in its deployment. His research in cosmology as part of the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) team has been recognized as some of the most important work of the 20th century. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, he led the proposal efforts for COBE. Later, he and his team showed that the cosmic microwave background radiation has a blackbody spectrum within 50 parts per million, which helped confirm the Big Bang theory of the universe. For this work, he received the Nobel Prize in physics in 2006, along with George Smoot. According to the prize committee, “the COBE project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science.”

Past Programs Featuring John Mather

Friday, October 13, 2023 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday, July 7, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 23, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, June 4, 2010 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday, June 4, 2010 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm