Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist John Mather, senior project scientist for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, will deliver the physics department’s 2014 L.H. Thomas Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in SAS Hall. Admission is free.
In his address, Mather will explain the history of the universe, beginning with the Big Bang. He’ll also show NASA’s plans for the Webb Telescope, which will peer inside the dusty cocoons where stars and planets are being born.
Mather won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite. More than 20 Nobel Prize winners have spoken in the annual lecture series.