George Smoot

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George Fitzgerald Smoot III (born February 20, 1945) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, Nobel laureate, and one of two contestants to win the US$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 547,472 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). George Smoot is the 288th most popular physicist (up from 299th in 2019), the 1,517th most popular biography from United States and the 56th most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, George Smoot ranks 288 out of 721Before him are Moshé Feldenkrais, Otto Robert Frisch, Georg Bednorz, Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Nathan Rosen, and Allan MacLeod Cormack. After him are Friedrich Hund, Stephen Hales, Horst Ludwig Störmer, Jean-Charles de Borda, Samuel C. C. Ting, and Walter Kohn.

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Among people born in 1945, George Smoot ranks 76Before him are José Feliciano, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, Yochanan Vollach, Robert Sarah, Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, and John Fogerty. After him are Junji Kawano, Van Morrison, Marthe Keller, Milo Manara, Daniel Davis, and Maud Adams.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Smoot ranks 1,517 out of 15,968Before him are Adrien Brody (1973), Cochise (1805), Richard Fleischer (1916), Lee de Forest (1873), Tom Wolfe (1930), and Lily Tomlin (1939). After him are Martha Washington (1731), Barbara Eden (1931), Henry Ford II (1917), Fred Willard (1939), Sonny Rollins (1930), and Bill Pullman (1953).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, George Smoot ranks 56Before him are Clifford Shull (1915), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930), Henry Way Kendall (1926), Hugh David Politzer (1949), and Nathan Rosen (1909). After him are Samuel C. C. Ting (1936), Kenneth G. Wilson (1936), Karl Guthe Jansky (1905), John Robert Schrieffer (1931), John Mauchly (1907), and Luis Walter Alvarez (1911).