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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 677,337 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia. George Smoot is the 283rd most popular physicist (up from 288th in 2019), the 1,454th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,516th in 2019) and the 57th most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, George Smoot ranks 283 out of 717Before him are Otto Robert Frisch, Jan Ingenhousz, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Antoine César Becquerel, Giovanni Battista Venturi, and Ivar Giaever. After him are Ernest Walton, Ludwig Prandtl, Thomas Johann Seebeck, Samuel C. C. Ting, Carlo Rubbia, and David Gross.

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Among people born in 1945, George Smoot ranks 77Before him are Douglas Osheroff, Haris Silajdžić, Patch Adams, Go Nagai, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, and Debbie Harry. After him are Igor Ivanov, Dean Koontz, James Avery, Kim Carnes, Marthe Keller, and Türkan Şoray.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Smoot ranks 1,454 out of 18,182Before him are Eric Roberts (1956), Danny Aiello (1933), Henry Rollins (1961), John Dickson Carr (1906), Roger Ailes (1940), and Richard S. Castellano (1933). After him are Mamie Eisenhower (1896), Robert J. Flaherty (1884), Spike Lee (1957), Dale T. Mortensen (1939), Eugene Fama (1939), and John Dickinson (1732).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, George Smoot ranks 57Before him are David J. Wineland (1944), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), Philip Warren Anderson (1923), Hugh David Politzer (1949), Henry Way Kendall (1926), and Douglas Osheroff (1945). After him are Samuel C. C. Ting (1936), David Gross (1941), William Daniel Phillips (1948), Kenneth G. Wilson (1936), John Robert Schrieffer (1931), and Leon M. Lederman (1922).