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For the American President, see Woodrow Wilson.

Robert Woodrow Wilson (born January 10, 1936) is an Americanmarker astronomer, Nobel laureate in physics, who with Arno Allan Penzias discovered in 1964 the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB). The award purse was also shared with a 3rd scientist, Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa for unrelated work.

While working on a new type of antennamarker at Bell Labsmarker in Holmdel, New Jerseymarker, they found a source of noise in the atmosphere that they could not explain. After removing all potential sources of noise, including pigeon droppings on the antenna, the noise was finally identified as CMB, which served as important corroboration of the Big Bang theory.

Life and work

Robert Woodrow Wilson was born on January 10, 1936, in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Lamar High School in downtown Houstonmarker and studied as an undergraduate at Rice University (Houston), where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society. His graduate work was done at California Institute of Technologymarker.

Wilson and Penzias also won the Henry Draper Medal in 1977.


  1. " Distinguished HISD Alumni," Houston Independent School District


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