Robert Woodrow Wilson

American astronomer

Robert Woodrow Wilson (born January 10, 1936) is an American astronomer, 1978 Nobel laureate in physics, who with Arno Allan Penzias discovered in 1964 the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB).

Wilson (left) with Arno Penzias


  • Cosmology is a science which has only a few observable facts to work with.
    • Conclusion of his Nobel lecture (December 8, 1978) emphasizing that every new experimental discovery increases significantly our knowledge.

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