George Smoot

Nobel Prize Winning Astrophysicist & Cosmologist

George Smoot Biography

The 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for studies of some of the oldest stuff around. It meant looking back into the dawn of the Universe to gain some understanding of the origin and nature of the Universe and of its galaxies and stars. The award was shared by George F. Smoot of the University of California, Berkeley, and John Mather of NASA, “for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation”. Their work was based on measurements made by the COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer) satellite launched by NASA in 1989. Mather had the Principal Investigator for the blackbody form experiment, and Smoot was for measuring temperature variations (“anisotropy”).

According to theory, cosmic microwave background radiation (discovered by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson in the 1960s) is the relic radiation from the Big Bang. The frequency spectrum of this relic radiation has a special form characteristic of blackbody radiation. When it was emitted the temperature of the Universe was almost 3,000 K. Since then, the radiation has gradually cooled so that it is now barely 2.72 degrees above absolute zero. Mather’s team was able to calculate this temperature thanks to the blackbody spectrum revealed by the COBE measurements. COBE also sought variations of temperature in different directions. Differences of the merest fraction of a degree offer an important clue to how the matter in the Universe began to form stars, planets and ultimately all life. The COBE results supports the standard cosmological scenario, a Big Bang followed by a rapid inflation, as this scenario predicts the kind of cosmic microwave background radiation measured by COBE. Newer satellites have improved on these results and exploited the observations to measure precisely many of the parameters of the Universe.

George Fitzgerald Smoot III was born in Yukon, Florida, USA, in 1945. He attended Upper Arlington High School in Ohio, gained a dual BSc in mathematics and physics at MIT in 1966, and a doctorate in particle physics in 1970. He then switched to cosmology, working with Luis Walter Alvarez at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on experiments for the detection of antimatter in the upper atmosphere. Turning his attention to cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB), Smoot set a strict limit on the universe as a whole was rotating, which would have had an effect on the CMB. It was to further pursue the study of CMB that Smoot proposed the Differential Microwave Radiometer (DMR) instrument for the COBE satellite to NASA.

After COBE, Smoot took part in another CMB experiment involving a stratospheric balloon, MAXIMA and then the third CMB satellite Planck. He is also a collaborator in designing the SNAP, a satellite which is proposed to measure the properties of dark energy and the BigBOSS/DESI project to map the location of tens of millions of galaxies.

Smoot has been an astrophysicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) since 1974 and a physics professor at University of California, Berkeley since 1994. He is director of the Center for Fundamental Physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2008) and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He has received several awards among them the Einstein Medal (2003) and the Oersted Medal (2009).

Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on George Smoot and other top speakers and celebrities.

George Smoot Videos

IAS Nobel Lecture:Mapping the Universe in Space- Prof George Smoot
You are a Simulation & Physics Can Prove It:George Smoot at TEDxSalford

How to book George Smoot?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like George Smoot for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for George Smoot, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for George Smoot or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book George Smoot?

Booking fees for George Smoot, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire George Smoot, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for George Smoot?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like George Smoot for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book George Smoot for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent George Smoot or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for George Smoot or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

George Smoot is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book George Smoot for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. George Smoot generally travels from Paris, France and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling George Smoot for an upcoming event.

George Smoot Videos

IAS Nobel Lecture:Mapping the Universe in Space- Prof George Smoot
You are a Simulation & Physics Can Prove It:George Smoot at TEDxSalford
BOOKING INFORMATION REQUEST
GEORGE SMOOT

We are happy to assist you with your interest in booking a speaker or celebrity for your event, your organization, and the type of talent you would like to secure, and an agent will be in touch shortly.

Fill out the form below to or call us at 1-800-698-2536 if need immediate assistance.

Tell us about your event!

We respond to most inquiries within 4 hours. Under special circumstances, it may take up to 24 hours.


Speakers Similar to George Smoot

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.