Franklin Laureate Database
John C. Mather, Ph.D.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Award: Benjamin Franklin
Citation: For his vision and management of experiments confirming the radiation spectrum remnant from the Big Bang.
John C. Mather is awarded a Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics for his scientific vision, proposal, and management of the cosmic background explorer experiments and its far infra-red astronomical spectrometer. His work helped to confirm the black-body radiation spectrum remnant from the Big Bang.
Mather received a B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974.