Readers, this new campaign by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to reinstate John Mather may mislead you. Be an informed citizen:
1. JOHN MATHER IS KEPT IN THE DOGHOUSE BY NASA LEADERSHIP
If there is any doubt in your mind that NASA HQ Leadership is keeping John Mather confined to his pre-Nobel job status (which I call the doghouse for Mather in view of his International stature), let me present some hard facts you.
NASA elevated John Mather to the highest possible post – Chief Scientist of NASA – to recognize his Nobel fame. In so promoting him, his boss Alan Stern said in March of 2007:
John Mather is a scientist of legendary reputation, technical ability and space science mission experience. His office will provide independent scientific advice to me to guide decision making regarding all aspects of the NASA science program.
The science journal Nature reported the event thus:
NASA, beset with morale problems and criticized by some in the research community for its focus on human spaceflight over scientific research, has made a significant gesture by appointing John Mather as its chief scientist. “Elevating John to this position makes clear that NASA highly values science,” says Michael Hauser, deputy director at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. “His impact in astrophysics has been profound.”
“NASA hasn’t had, in my estimation, a good chief scientist since the 1990s,” says (Nancy) Boggess. “John will be the kind of anchor that NASA administrators will listen to.”
And here’s what John Mather himself said in his Nobel Autobiography:
On April 2, 2007, I will take on the job of Chief Scientist of the Science Mission Directorate of NASA, so I will have the opportunity and responsibility to advise NASA on the proper balance of scientific programs from Earth science to cosmology. The panorama of amazing research programs is almost overwhelming, and I am looking forward to seeing it.
Less than a year later, this lovefest was over! John Mather was yanked off this pedestal and sent back – not to another comparable honorific Chair – but exactly precisely to his pre-Nobel job at Goddard.
Them’s the facts! John Mather’s minions have tried to spin this as a normal reassignment. Another spin is that the appointment of Chief Scientist is for a one year term. Both are falsehoods. This is not surprising: The minions of the science fraud are spinners – what’s new about that?
As of this day, four years after receiving the Nobel Prize, Mather continues to be kept in the doghouse.
2. HIS “SPEAKING SCHEDULE” HAS PETERED OUT
All my information about Mather is gleaned from the Internet, especially after NASA abruptly shut down his glory website called JOHN MATHER::SPEAKING SCHEDULE. From the Internet, it is now starkly apparent that he is no longer receiving nearly as many honorific invitations as he used to from the time he received the Nobel Prize to early 2010. On this day, 17 August 2010, the only thing in the offing is something called Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture at the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University on 1 October 2010. That’s it.
His public appearances lately have been on the loony fringes of the scientific establishment: In places such as World Science Festival, US Science and Engineering Festival and the Lindau Nobel Meetings.
To me, this development is an indication that the mainstream, hardcore physics establishment is shunning Mather. They have now made their own assessment.
3. THE JOHN MATHER NOBEL SCHOLAR PROGRAM
In 2008, the first year of this program, it was received with great media hoopla. Next year, 2009, there was the silence of the graveyard. This year it is the silence inside the crypt.
So, readers, I say to you: The greatest discovery of all times – Mather’s clinching of Big Bang Cosmology – is done. Stick a fork in it!
“Jerry, I am done. Stick a fork in me!”