John C. Mather, an astrophysicist who shared the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite, visited Florida Tech Sept. 22-23 to discuss his current endeavor: serving as senior project scientist for the $8.7 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Mather and his JWST colleague Stefanie Milam spoke to dozens of grade school and high school students. Later, Mather entertained a capacity crowd at Gleason Performing Arts Center with his presentation on the telescope. He was introduced by Florida Tech President T. Dwayne McCay.
Mather also toured Northrop Grumman in Melbourne, and visited labs on campus.