Hertz Fellow, Dr. John C. Mather endows Graduate Fellowship

May 2, 2008

Nobel laureate and NASA scientist, John C. Mather, PhD, endows a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Nobel Award Funds Doctoral Fellowship;
Mather Credits his 1974 Hertz Fellowship
With Helping to Launch his Early Research on the Big-Bang

GREENBELT, MD, May 4, 2008  -- Nobel Laureate and NASA scientist Dr. John C. Mather announced today the endowment of a Hertz Foundation Fellowship using his award from the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. Mather, a 1974 Hertz Fellow, credits the Hertz Foundation and its generous Fellowship with helping to launch his early research on the Big Bang that eventually led to the Nobel Prize.

“The Jane and John Mather Fellowship will support the next generation of cosmologists and applied scientists in their research quests for innovations that will change our world for the better, ” stated Dr. John C. Mather.  “I am pleased that my Nobel award will help to support the Hertz Foundation whose generous Fellowship enabled my early research in cosmology.”

Dr. Mather’s announcement came during a Hertz Foundation celebration of his scholarly achievements held at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he is the Senior Astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory.  Dr. Mather shared the 2006 Noble Prize in Physics with Dr. George C. Smoot for their collaborative work that helped cement the Big-Bang theory of the universe by using satellite data from the Cosmic Background Explorer, COBE.

In addition to a tour and presentation by Dr. Mather, Dr. Michael MacCracken, Hertz Fellow 1968, chief scientist with the Climate Institute, gave a presentation on global climate change.  Dr. MacCracken worked in various capacities with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, which shared the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.           

Each year, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation awards Hertz Fellowships to doctoral students in order to support five years of their graduate studies in the fields of applied sciences and engineering. Since 1963, the Hertz Foundation has identified over 1,050 promising applied scientists and engineers with the potential to change the world for the better and supported their doctoral research by providing the nation’s most generous applied science and engineering Ph.D. Fellowships.



Founded in 1957 by John Daniel Hertz, a leader in the advent of the automotive age, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations focused on empowering young scientists and engineers with the freedom to innovate.