“Do not make grand plans. Be flexible. Talk to people…everything good I’ve done has come from conversations with people. Science is a very social phenomenon.”

NASA’s John Mather to young high school students in India


Yo Gen. Bolden! D’ye hear there… D’ye hear there…?

In 1993, a 46-year old John Cromwell Mather became Senior Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. On December 10, 2006 he received the Nobel Prize for Physics. On April 2, 2007 he was ceremoniously elevated to the No. 1 scientist position: NASA HQ Chief Scientist. There was much talk of him providing long-term vision to NASA. On April 5, 2007 I accused him of science fraud. On April 1, 2008 he was demoted – not too gently – and sent back to Goddard. He was ordered, curtly it seems: Go work on the space telescope! To this Mather seems to have said: Please can I have a little time? The response: NASA leaders walked down the hall and found one of the good old boys. They then swiftly slipped this guy into Mather’s still-warm chair right under him, and sent a chairless Mather on his way to Goddard.

This is 2010. What is his position in NASA today that he is 63 years old? Senior Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

So what is the gravity of this “Senior Astrophysicist” position. Not much at all. You can look at some other people holding this same position at NASA. I give you only one example:

Dr. Morse received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of North Carolina in 1992, …. In 2005 he joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as a Senior Astrophysicist in the Laboratory for Observational Cosmology…In April 2007, Dr. Morse became the Director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters.

So here is a guy no one has heard of outside NASA who quickly zipped through this position and onto bigger and better things! (Remember Mather got his Ph.D. in 1974.)

Thus, the Nobel Laureate, the “Greatest discoverer of all times”, TIME’s most influential person in the World, “a scientist of legendary reputation” is in exactly same mundane job status he had 15 years ago. NASA has not given him even a 25¢ lollypop to suck on in recognition of the last twenty years or so of his stewardship of the COBE Satellite Project.

But TIME Magazine was right! He sure is going around the World “influencing” – influencing the kids! In America, in Russia, in India …


But a 25¢ American lollypop is one thing, and the India President’s Gold Medal is another. I guess John Mather showed NASA!

Whereas three successive NASA Administrators decided to continue to keep Mather, NASA’s only Nobel Laureate, in this condition of abject humiliation, the Government of India decided to pin a Gold Medal on him. In fact, the Indians decided to thumb their nose at NASA leadership, and therefore the US leadership. Why? Search me. I informed a great many people in India involved in organizing this on the Mather background, but they proceeded regardless.

How would India feel if China invited Harshad Mehta (if he were alive) and feted him big time and the Chinese leader pinned a National Gold Medal on him? For India is doing exactly that to the US.

Normally, John Mather’s engagements are reported on NASA website. But there is nothing in the numerous John Mather-connected NASA official web pages to indicate that John Mather is in India with NASA’s blessing.


On January 3 and 4, NASA science fraud John Mather was feted big time in India. The event was the 97th Indian Science Congress held in Thiruvananthapuram in the southern state of Kerala in India.

On Sunday morning, January 3, two American Nobel Laureates, UCSD’s Roger Y. Tsien and NASA’s John Cromwell Mather, received India’s General President Gold Medal from the hands of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh amid great festivities, and cameras blazing. A picture of the PM greeting a beaming Tsien was released. No picture of John Mather with the PM could be found on the Internet.


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greeting American Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien.
Tsien and science fraud John Mather received the General President Gold Medal from the Prime Minister at this function.
History does not offer us one other example of a nation bestowing her high honor upon a known science fraud.
India has made history.
[Image courtesy: The Hindu; Photo: S.Gopakumar]

However, the same set of pictures released contained this photo:


Kerala State Education & Culture Minister M. A. Baby (center) greeting American Nobel Laureate and science fraud John Mather (left) and American Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien
[Image courtesy: The Hindu; Photo: S.Gopakumar]

The Prime Minister should rightly be very upset at the people who placed him in this position, and fire some butts.


In the morning of Monday, January 4, Mather represented the US in the Space Summit. Representatives from France and EU were also present. Mather used this occasion to reaffirm his Nobel Prize (news report – italicizing is mine, indicating a blatant scientific lie):

Dr. Mather shared the Nobel Prize with George F. Smoot of the University of California for their work on the understanding of the Big Bang. Dr. Mather was one of the organisers of the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite of NASA, launched in 1989, to measure the cosmic background radiation of the universe. “This radiation remains the Big Bang itself. We measured the temperature and spectrum of the radiation, extremely precisely, demonstrating that there is no theory to explain [the origin of the universe] other than the Big Bang theory.”

The COBE organisers also measured the hot and cold spots in this Big Bang radiation to understand why it was possible for galaxies to exist. “So we believe that the hot and cold spots we measured are the precursors of the clusters of galaxies that are now observed… These hot and cold spots have evolved over cosmic time to produce the structure of the universe that we now see. These two main measurements we made with the help of the COBE satellite are the basis of our getting the Nobel Prize,” he said.


In the afternoon on Monday, Mather was scheduled to participate in a book-launching ceremony along with Minister Baby. Mather was to “release” two encyclopaedias produced by the State of Kerala: one on astronomy and the other on the Origin of Species. [Report]


I don’t know much about the backstory of this, but I surmise that all over India – that quaint land of snake charmers and rope trick artists – there were going on worship rituals and fire sacrifices and chanting sessions by sadhus, monks, yogis, pirs, fakirs, bhikkhus, sants, padres, rabbis… to stave of the impending doomsday, December 23, 2012.

Then came the Great White Hope. He assures the Indians that he himself has things planned beyond 2012. So not to worry.

According to a Government of India official Press Release (no joke!), John Mather allayed fears about the Doomsday:

To a question from a panicked member of the audience about the doomsday threat in 2012,evoked by a recent movie, Dr John C Mather said there is no scientific basis supporting this fear. Interestingly his current project James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)- a successor to the aging Hubble Space Telescope, is planned for launch only in 2014.

This reassurance on Doomsday by a NASA Scientist has been burning up the airwaves in India. No joke! Here, sample just a few of the headlines:

NASA scientist ridicules the rumors of “Universe ending”
NASA scientist allays fear on end of world
End of the World in 2012? “No”, says Dr. Mather
Nobel Laureate dispells fears of ‘doomsday’
Nobel laureate trashes 2012 Doomsday prediction



Science fraud John Mather inspires students of SRM University in Chennai, India
[Image source: The Hindu; Photo: A. Muralitharan]

Science fraud John Mather inspires students of SRM University in Chennai, India
[Image source: SRM University; Photo: S. Mohan]

Science fraud John Mather inspires students of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan in Chennai, India
[Image source: The Hindu; Photo: S. S. Kumar]

Once again, India is exposing her most valuable asset, the wide-eyed young, to the fraud. The students are being made to listen to him for inspiration.

On January 5, Mather delivers a special lecture to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the SRM University in Chennai. His advice to India on how the country should garner Nobel Prizes:

Mather said the country should also “find a Nobel prize winner and work with that person” to get the desired result.

John Mather is not telling the kids about the old, worn-out views about science being objective, being about truth, logic, ideas, imagination … etc. He is telling them science is “a very social phenomenon.” You need a lot of people, he says. Sure you do! You need enablers, protectors, promoters, accomplices, coverer-uppers, stonewallers, keeping-mummers, white washers … You gotta have a lot of social friends. The kids would do well to learn these tricks of the trade early on.

Im Westen nichts Neues

Meanwhile in the West, absolutely nothing is happening. Except for a small item on NASA twitter, there is no news of their scientist’s “passage to India.”


John Mather had big star billing in India as a NASA Scientist and a Nobel Laureate. (From left) Prof. U.R. Rao, former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, K. Radhakrishnan, new ISRO Chairman, Lars Prahm, Director-General of EUMETSAT, and S. Ramakrishnan, Director (Projects), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.
[Image source: Frontline; photo: S. Mahinsha]

John Mather was stated as representing NASA. As of this date, I have not found a single reference to John Mather’s high profile presence in India in NASA web pages that routinely extol such fetings. Amazingly, there is complete silence on a NASA Scientist being awarded India’s President Gold Medal! So the question is: Has NASA really and truly sent Mather to represent them officially, or is Mather on his own?

Be that as it may, all this high profile activity in the World scene has the effect of slowly re-instituing the fraud and his fraudulent discovery in the eyes of the World. This is helped by the fact that the scientific establishment does not say anything, NASA does not say anything, US Congress does not say anything, the White House does not say anything, and the American Media does not say anything. Mum’s the word – all around.

President Obama has maintained a very formal distance from NASA thus far. He therefore remains unsullied by the NASA fraud. But news reports have it that the President is about to announce his firm support for NASA. Yet, the Mather matter has not been handled. Does this mean Mather gets away with it, and President Obama embraces the whole package – fraud and all?


When entire nations and heads of state get solidly behind a science fraud, when a Prime Minister shakes hands with and gives a Gold Medal to a known science fraud, what can one do? What can one do?

When a valiant Air Force General – a reportedly honest and honorable man – has the charge of doing something and does not do anything, what can you do? What can you do?

I will say this to the Ninovs and the Schons and the Ponses and the Fleischmanns and the Imanishi-Karis and the Hajras: I did try to make justice in scientific transgression even-handed! But in this Age of Fakery, it does not always work. They burned you at the stakes rightly or wrongly, but now they are allowing the greatest science fraud in history to whoop it up.


John Cromwell Mather is not only the most diabolically clever science fraud in history, he is also the most diabolically clever escape artiste.

But far and away the most fearsome diabolic element here is the enabling of Mather. When you think of these enablers, think of the netherworld whence they have arisen. The forces of the dark… Be afraid! Very afraid! Hold your children tight, and bar the doors.

For the readers, here is an exercise: Below are the names of figures from Greek mythology. Which of them have won?

ALETHEIA (or Alathea – spirit of truth, truthfulness and sincerity)
DOLOS (Trickery)
APATE (Deception)


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