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For the American President, see Woodrow Wilson.

Robert Woodrow Wilson (left) with Arno Allan Penzias

Born January 10, 1936 (1936-01-10) (age 74)
Houston, Texas, USA
Nationality United States
Fields Physics
Alma mater Rice University
Known for Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physics (1978)

Robert Woodrow Wilson (born January 10, 1936) is an American astronomer, 1978 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 antenna at Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey, 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.

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Life and work

Robert Woodrow Wilson was born on January 10, 1936, in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Lamar High School in downtown Houston[1] 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 Technology.

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

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Wilson (left) with Arno Penzias

Robert Woodrow Wilson (born January 10, 1936) is an American astronomer, 1978 Nobel laureate in physics, who with Arno Allan Penzias discovered in 1964 the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB).

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  • Cosmology is a science which has only a few observable facts to work with.
    • Conclusion of his Nobel lecture (December 8, 1978) emphasizing that every new experimental discovery increases significantly our knowledge.

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