John C. Mather


Webinar on 16th October

Venue-ECE Seminar Hall

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ABSR Sateesh
Aabha Chandra
Mayank Chordia
Somesh Kumar
Rishu Kumar

Webinar on 16th October 2017

John Cromwell Mather is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE) with George Smoot. This work helped cement the big-bang theory of the universe. According to the Nobel Prize committee, "the COBE-project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science."

Mather is a senior astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Maryland and adjunct professor of physics at the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. In 2007, Mather was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. In October, 2012, he was listed again by Time magazine in a special issue on New Space Discoveries as one of 25 most influential people in space. Mather is also the project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a space telescope scheduled to be launched to Lagrange Point L2 in 2018. In 2014, Mather delivered an address on the Webb Space Telescope at the second Starmus Festival in the Canary Islands. Mather is the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. He has been a keynote speaker at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders (2015, 2016).

For Further information please see :

1) : John's story from Berkeley to NASA, Stockholm and the Beginning of the Universe
2) : John C Mather's Wikipedia Details
3) : John C Mather's NASA profile

The title of the keynote lecture is: "The History of the Universe from the beginning to the end: where did we come from, where can we go?"

Where did we come from, and where are we going? John Mather will outline the history of the universe from its early moments in the Big Bang, to the possible end.  Our history is full of beneficial catastrophes, and we wouldn't be here without them: stars explode, the Moon is formed in a giant collision with the Earth, the Earth is bombarded by asteroids and comets for hundreds of millions of years, and multiple extinction events through hot, cold, poison, and asteroid impacts cause rapid evolution of life. But here we are, our ancestors survived and thrived through it all. Now, we can tell the story, we can look for more details, and we can begin to adventure through the solar system and eventually beyond, in partnership with a new entity, artificial intelligence coupled with robotics. Scientific discovery has been propelled by competition (including war) for thousands of years, so it’s immensely important to public policy. 

John Mather will illustrate with examples from NASA, including our measurements of the Big Bang, discoveries with the Hubble, and future telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope (planned for 2018 launch) and beyond. Within a few decades, we may know that life is common in the universe, or perhaps not.


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