George Smoot III

George Smoot III

2006 Nobel Prize in Physics

George Smoot III is an American astrophysicist and cosmologist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer with John C. Mather.

Education and Work Experience
  • 1970, Ph.D, Physics, MIT
  • 1974-Present, Research Physicist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 1994-Present, Professor, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2007-Present, Founding Director, Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics
  • 2011-Present, Director, Paris Center for Cosmological Physics
Honors and Awards
    • American Achievement Golden Plate Award
    • 1995, Lawrence Award
    • 2003, Einstein Medal
    • 2006, Nobel Prize in Physics
    • 2009, Oersted Meda
Major Academic Achievements

Smoot’s work, 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).