Robert Woodrow Wilson


Interview, June 2010

Interview with Robert Woodrow Wilson at the 60th meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, June 2010. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editorial Director of Nobel Media.

Robert Woodrow Wilson talks about how he became interested in science; his shift to radio astronomy (7:27); the time at Bell Labs (15:51); his work together with Arno Penzias (20:15); the detection of cosmic microwave background radiation (27:40); his interaction with cosmologists (35:47); why Bell Labs became so successful (44:24); and his discovery of carbon monoxide (50:11).

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