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George Smoot
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Scientist
    (February 20, 1945- )
    Born in Yukon, Florida
    Astrophysicist
    With John C. Mather, headed the COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer) project
    Produced a map of the temperature variations in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) dubbed 'the Big Bang theory's smoking gun' (1992)
    Co-recipient with Mather of the Nobel Prize in Physics (2006)
    He violated protocol by leaking news of COBE's discoveries to the press before NASA's formal announcement.
    He appeared in a commercial for TurboTax.
    He gave a TED talk claiming that aspects of physics support the idea that the universe is a computer-generated virtual reality.
    He said of the discover of fluctuations in the CMB, 'If you're religious, it's like looking at God.'
    He donated his share of the Nobel Prize money (minus travel costs) to charity.
    He was twice a guest star on The BIg Bang Theory.
    He was the second person to win the top prize of $1 million on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

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