Nobel Physics Prize for Structure of Early Universe
The 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics has gone to John Mather of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, and George Smoot of the University of California, Berkeley.
They’ve been honored for work studying the cosmic background radiation, which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says has helped us understand the origin of galaxies and stars.
Radio Sweden’s Gaby Katz was at the academy for the announcement and can tell us more about this year’s laureates:
Every year the winners, usually Americans, are woken up in the middle of the night with the good news from the Academy. The second call is from Swedish public radio for the prize winners’ reactions. Here’s what our two winning physicists had to say, John Mather and first George Smoot:
On Wednesday we’ll be reporting on this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemisty.