Robert Woodrow Wilson

Robert Woodrow Wilson


January 10, 1936

Also Known For : Physicist, Scientist

Birth Place : Houston, Texas, United States of America

Zodiac Sign : Capricorn

Chinese Zodiac : Rat

Birth Element : Fire

Robert Woodrow Wilson Biography, Life, Interesting Facts

We all know that there are first, second and third world problems, but there are also real-world physics problems. It helps us to differentiate between power and energy, but the questions are outlined to challenge and inspire us. That’s why we are always in need of original information; a physicist knows it all!

For more than two decades, Robert Woodrow Wilson has attained the said name without a single doubt. He has gone to the extent of receiving a Nobel Prize in Physics. His inventions have drastically helped our lives until today. Some of his advanced discoveries include the Big Bang replica of creation. Besides, Robert is also renowned radio astronomer.  

Childhood and Early life

A focal French horologist, Abraham-Louis shared the same date and month as that of Robert Wilson. To be precise, he was born on January 10, 1936, in Texas, Houston in the United States. His father was known as Ralph W. Wilson while his mother was called Fannie Willis Wilson. Ralph received his master’s degree in chemistry where he went to showcase his service at a local oil industry. Robert is the eldest brothers of two sisters.

Before his 1953 graduation, Robert Wilson went to Lamar High School located in Houston. Right from his childhood days, he loved science and mathematics to the bone. Of course, he didn’t buy grades, but he earned them through hard work and persistence.

At school, Robert Wilson loved artistic fields where he learned how to play trombone. He also participated in piano lessons. In 1957 he continued with his studies where he received an MBA in Physics. After a short pause, he teamed up with California Institute of Technology and attained his final doctorate in astrophysics in the mid of 1962.



Early in 1963, Robert Wilson connected with the Bell Laboratories that was located in New Jersey. He partnered with Arno Allan Penzias where they proceeded to work on a desirable project. As two gurus, they uncovered an unclear form of radiation, and after going over several experiments, they proved their angst. Their invention came to be named as Cosmic Microwave Background radiation CMB.

In the mid of 1969, the two pundits started another research. It comprised of testing millimeter waves astronomy. They later partnered with K.B. Jeffers, and eventually, their hard-earned intelligence made them produce a spectral line receiver. This was regarded as his significant achievements in the scientific industry. In 1976 Robert chaired the Bell Radio Physic Research Department where he worked uninterrupted for more than a decade. He later joined the United States Academy of Science.

In the mid of his career, Robert Wilson wrote many scientific papers including millimeter-wave measurements of interstellar molecules. In 1994 he was selected as the Senior Scientist at Harvard Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge. He has managed to hold the position till day.


Robert’s Personal Life and Achievements

His notable work includes the invention of the CMB that opened the door for the Big Bang Theory. From 1977 to 1978, he received awards such as Henry Draper Medal under the U.S National Academy of Science. Robert Wilson also won the Nobel Prize in Physics. In 1958 Robert married Elizabeth Rhoads, and they were blessed with three children: Suzanne, Randal, and Philip.