John C. Mather

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John Cromwell Mather (born August 7, 1946, Roanoke, Virginia) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE) with George Smoot. This work helped cement the big-bang theory of the universe. According to the Nobel Prize committee, "the COBE-project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science." Mather is a senior astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Maryland and adjunct professor of physics at the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John C. Mather has received more than 337,601 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). John C. Mather is the 320th most popular physicist (up from 419th in 2019), the 1,620th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,137th in 2019) and the 65th most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, John C. Mather ranks 320 out of 851Before him are Jan Ingenhousz, Ludwig Prandtl, Fritjof Capra, Robert B. Laughlin, Ernst Chladni, and William Whewell. After him are Kenneth G. Wilson, Henri Pitot, Samuel C. C. Ting, Thomas Johann Seebeck, Bruno Pontecorvo, and John B. Goodenough.

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Among people born in 1946, John C. Mather ranks 116Before him are Elías Figueroa, Issa Hayatou, Keith Moon, Alan Jones, Stan Smith, and Fancy. After him are Wim Jansen, Vuk Drašković, Htin Kyaw, Robert J. Shiller, Riccardo Cocciante, and Artur Jorge.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John C. Mather ranks 1,620 out of 20,380Before him are Sidney Bechet (1897), Cliff Robertson (1923), Edward James Olmos (1947), Karen Allen (1951), Frederick Herzberg (1923), and Billy Milligan (1955). After him are Emmett Till (1941), Kenneth G. Wilson (1936), Kirk Hammett (1962), Mariah Carey (1969), Helen Hayes (1900), and Richard Smalley (1943).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, John C. Mather ranks 65Before him are Steven Chu (1948), George Smoot (1945), William Daniel Phillips (1948), David Gross (1941), John Robert Schrieffer (1931), and Robert B. Laughlin (1950). After him are Kenneth G. Wilson (1936), Samuel C. C. Ting (1936), Luis Walter Alvarez (1911), Frank Wilczek (1951), Frank Oppenheimer (1912), and Philip Abelson (1913).