John C. Mather

John C. Mather

John Cromwell Mather
John C. Mather (March 2015)
Born (1946-08-07) August 7, 1946
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Residence United States
Nationality United States
Fields Astrophysics, cosmology
Institutions NASA
University of Maryland
Alma mater Swarthmore College
University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor Paul L. Richards
Known for Cosmic microwave background radiation studies
Notable awards Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (1993)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2006)
For other persons with a similar name, see John Mather.

John Cromwell Mather (born August 7, 1946, 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."[1]

Mather is a senior astrophysicist at the U.S. space agency's (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Maryland and adjunct professor of physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2007, Mather was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. In October, 2012, he was listed again by Time magazine in a special issue on New Space Discoveries as one of 25 most influential people in space.

Mather is also the project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a space telescope to be launched to L2 no earlier than 2018.

In 2014, Mather delivered a major address on the Webb Space Telescope at the second Starmus Festival in the Canary Islands.


  • Education and initial research 1
  • Honors and awards 2
  • Publications 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Education and initial research

Honors and awards



  1. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2006" (Press release). The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. 3 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  2. ^ John C. Mather autobiography, Nobel Prize. Accessed June 29, 2008. "When I finished 8th grade, it was time to go to high school, and my parents decided to send me to Newton High School, where they thought we would get the best available education in our area."
  3. ^ University of Notre Dame. "Honorary Degrees". Retrieved 20 June 2011. 

External links

  • John C. Mather biography at the Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Interview with John Mather from the SPIE Newsroom
  • Berkeley lab article
  • Mather's group's data that led to the Nobel Prize in symmetry magazine.
  • Biography and Bibliographic Resources, from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, United States Department of Energy
  • John C. Mather on the Infancy of the Universe at the National Academy of Sciences
  • John Mather Nobel Scholar Program
  • AIP Mather Policy Internship Program
  • John Mather Nobel Medal replica flown in Space Shuttle Atlantis
  • Replica of John Mather Nobel Medal in National Air and Space Museum permanent collection
  • John Mather commencement address at Swarthmore College from 2007 on YouTube
  • John Mather Nobel banquet speech from 2006
  • John Mather commencement address at the University of Maryland from 2008
  • John Mather visits German Embassy
  • John Mather in White House
  • John Mather Nobel Scholarship has new host
  • University of Maryland names John Mather College Park Professor
  • Daniel Chalonge Medal 2011 awarded to John Mather
  • National Geographic showcases John Mather
  • John Mather elected Fellow of AAAS
  • American Astronomical Society hosts John Mather inspiring students
  • John Mather on Cosmic Complexity
  • John Mather 2012 delegate at the Blouin Creative Leadsership Summit
  • John Mather in dialogue at Lindau Nobel
  • John Mather on Golden Age of Astronomy (video) on YouTube
  • Smithsonian presents John Mather
  • John Mather receives the Power of Excellence Award "for his excellence in his career and becoming a positive role model."
  • Southern Illinois University Shaw Lecture features John Mather
  • John Mather nominated for the 2013 Albert Einstein World Award of Science
  • John Mather delivers 2014 UC Berkeley Regents Lecture (video) on YouTube
  • John Mather biography on Academy of Achievement