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John Cromwell Mather (b. August 7, 1946, Roanokemarker, Virginiamarker) is an Americanmarker astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his work on COBE with George Smoot. COBE was the first experiment to measure "... the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation."

This work helped cement the big-bang theory of the universe using the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE). According to the Nobel Prize committee, "the COBE-project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmologyas a precision science."

Mather is a senior astrophysicist at the U.S. space agency's marker Goddard Space Flight Centermarker in Marylandmarker and adjunct professor of physics at the University of Maryland, College Parkmarker. In 2007, Mather was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World.

Mather is also the project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, a space telescope to be launched to L2 no earlier than 2013.

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