George Smoot is part of the Millimeter Anisotropy Experiment Imaging Array (MAXIMA) research team, which aims to measure the fluctuations of the cosmic microwave background.
George Smoot attends Upper Arlington High School in Ohio and graduates at the age of 17. Additionally, he is home-schooled by his parents.
Using a differential microwave radiometer (DMR) on a spy plane and interpreting its data, George Smoot finds out that the universe is not rotating. Moreover he shows that a dipole effect appears in opposite direction of the Milky Way.
George Smoot becomes physics professor at UC Berkeley.
George Smoot moves to Berkeley University and there joins the NASA-funded High-Altitude Particle Physics Experiment (HAPPE) targeting to find antimatter in Earth's upper atmosphere. He even becomes team field leader on several projects in 1971.
George Fitzgerald Smoot III is born as first of two children on 20 February 1945 in Yukon, Florida.
At MIT George Smoot gains a dual bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Physics. In these four years he becomes primarily interested in physics. When he hears about the 3K Big Bang relic radiation discovered by Penzias and Wilson, George Smoot gets also interested in astrophysics.
For his discovery of the anistropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation, George Smoot gains the Nobel Prize in Physics 2006.
When the NASA decides to construct a satellite that is able to measure the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB), the group of George Smoot is chosen to join their task force. The result of this work is the Cosmic Background Explore (COBE), a satellite that launches in 1989.
On 23 April 1992 George Smoot and his team publish their results based on COBE: the detection of a quadrupole effect and ripples in the temperature, called anisotropy, of the cosmic background radiation that invigorates many theories about the Big Bang.
George Smoot receives his doctorate in Particale Physics at MIT. In his last years at MIT he makes up his mind to enter the field of cosmology.