John Cromwell Mather is an American Astrophysicist, Cosmologist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE) with George Smoot. This work helped cement the Big-Bang Theory of the Universe. According to the Nobel Prize Committee, " The COBE-Project can also be regarded as the starting point for Cosmology as a Precision Science."Mather's discovery has been hailed as "The Missing link in Cosmology." John C. Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Maryland and Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland College of Computer.Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.
In 2007, Mather was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. In October 2012, He was listed again by Time Magazine in a special issue on New Space Discoveries as one of 25 Most Influential People in Space. Today, Mather leads a NASA team building the most sophisticated Telescope ever devised.Mather is also the project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a space telescope scheduled to be launched to Lagrange Point L2 in 2018. Mather is the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. He has been a keynote speaker at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders (2015, 2016).
Prasanth Nair, the IAS officer who commanded a massive social media following during his days as the collector of Kozhikode district and currently appointed as Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) KJ Alphons. Prasanth Nair, who was in the Kerala cadre of the 2007 IAS batch, earned public acclaim when he kickstarted a slew of popular initiatives after he took charge as the collector of Kozhikode. Programmes like Operation Sulaimani, a decentralized participatory project to address hunger in urban areas, Tere Mere Beach Mein, a project to tackle waste management at Kozhikode Beach, and Yo Appooppa, an attempt to improve the quality of life of the elderly, were runaway successes.The 'Collector Kozhikode' Facebook page, that Nair himself handled during his term, was awash with compliments and praise for the young IAS officer. Nair's call for public participation for small tasks like cleaning a dirty pond would elicit a huge response. He soon earned the moniker of 'Collector Bro'