George Smoot III
  • 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics


American astrophysicist and cosmologist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer with John Mather.

Education and Work Experience

1970, Ph.D in Physics, MIT
1994-Present, Professor of Department of Physics, Professor of Graduate School (emeritus), UC Berkeley
2007-Present, Founding Director, Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics 2011-Present, Director, Paris Center for Cosmological Physics

Honors and Awards

Member USA National Academy of Sciences 2003, Einstein Medal
2006, Nobel Prize in Physics

Major Academic Achievements

Smoot’s work, that that led to the "discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation", has helped further the Big Bang theory of the universe using the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE).