George Smoot

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George Fitzgerald Smoot III (born February 20, 1945) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, Nobel laureate, and the second contestant to win the $1 million prize on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer with John C. Mather that led to the "discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation". This work helped further the Big Bang theory of the universe using the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Smoot has received more than 753,824 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). George Smoot is the 299th most popular physicist (down from 284th in 2019), the 1,425th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,454th in 2019) and the 60th most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, George Smoot ranks 299 out of 851Before him are Nevill Francis Mott, Pascual Jordan, Qian Xuesen, Giovanni Battista Venturi, Armen Sarkissian, and John Tyndall. After him are William Daniel Phillips, Freeman Dyson, Andre Geim, Giorgio Parisi, Jack Steinberger, and Abdul Qadeer Khan.

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Among people born in 1945, George Smoot ranks 80Before him are Micheline Calmy-Rey, Dirk Benedict, Maud Adams, Milo Manara, Rita Pavone, and Robert Sarah. After him are Van Morrison, Türkan Şoray, Kim Carnes, Bob Gunton, John McAfee, and Bob Klose.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Smoot ranks 1,425 out of 20,380Before him are Tony Burton (1937), Ellery Harding Clark (1874), Joseph Murray (1919), Aaron Burr (1756), Thomas Schelling (1921), and Hal Holbrook (1925). After him are Joshua Lederberg (1925), Henry Rollins (1961), Hiram Maxim (1840), Neil Diamond (1941), William Daniel Phillips (1948), and Beck (1970).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, George Smoot ranks 60Before him are Philip Warren Anderson (1923), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), Julian Schwinger (1918), John Vincent Atanasoff (1903), Hugh David Politzer (1949), and Steven Chu (1948). After him are William Daniel Phillips (1948), David Gross (1941), John Robert Schrieffer (1931), Robert B. Laughlin (1950), John C. Mather (1946), and Kenneth G. Wilson (1936).