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Archival as SubjectPublished as Author

John C. Mather

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Dates

August 7, 1946 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Mather, John C.

Additional Forms of Names

Mather, John (John C.)

Mather, John Cromwell

Biography

Abstract

John C. Mather is Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (1995-present). His research interests include cosmic background radiation and infrared spectroscopy.

Important Dates

August 7, 1946Birth, Roanoke (Va.).

1968Obtained BA, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore (Pa.).

1974Obtained PhD in Physics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1974 – presentNational Research Council (NRC) Fellow in Astrophysics (1974-1976); Study Scientist, Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS), Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) (1976-1988); Project Scientist, Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS), Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) (1988-1998); Senior Astrophysicist (1993-present); and Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope (1995-present), Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Greenbelt (Md.).

1992 – presentAdjunct Professor of Physics, University of Maryland.

1997Member, National Academy of Sciences.

2006Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics with George Smoot "for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation".

2007 – 2008Chief Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Occupation

Astrophysicist.

Places

Birth

Roanoke (Va.)

Undergraduate Education

Swarthmore (Pa.)

Graduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Greenbelt (Md.)

Subjects

Astrophysics.

Cosmic background radiation.

Cosmology.

Infrared spectroscopy.

Relationships

People

Family

Mather, Martha Cromwell

Mother.

Mather, Robert E.

Father.

Advisors & Collaborators

Lange, Andrew

Advised by Mather at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Richards, Paul L. (Paul Linford)

PhD advisor at University of California, Berkeley, "Far infrared spectrometry of the cosmic background radiation."

Smoot, George

Co-won 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics "for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation."

Colleagues

Bennett, Charles L. (Charles Leonard), 1956-

Both employed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Fletcher, James Chipman, 1919-1991

Both employed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Frosch, Robert A. (Robert Alan), 1928-

Both employed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Gehrels, Neil

Both employed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Raney, William P.

Both employed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Additional

Werner, Michael W.

Institutions

Major Positions

Goddard Space Flight Center

National Research Council (NRC) Fellow in Astrophysics; Study Scientist, Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS), Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE); Project Scientist, Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS), Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE); Senior Astrophysicist; and Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Research Council (NRC) Fellow in Astrophysics, Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Study Scientist, Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS), Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), Goddard Space Flight Center; Project Scientist, Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS), Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), Goddard Space Flight Center; Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope, Goddard Space Flight Center; and Chief Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters.

University of Maryland at College Park. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Adjunct Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Swarthmore College. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained BA (1968).

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in Physics (1974).

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

American Institute of Physics Physics Today division Bertram Schwarzschild Nobel Prize files, 1954-2013.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Michael Werner, 2008 July 25.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Published Resources

Author

John C. Mather Nobel Prize autobiography.

The very first light : the true inside story of the scientific journey back to the dawn of the universe / John C. Mather and John Boslough.