Arno Allan Penzias


Birthday April 26, 1933

Birth Sign Taurus

Birthplace Germany

Age 90 years old

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Physicist whose discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation aided in the development of the Big Bang theory. For his work, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978.

Before Fame

He and his family fled Nazi Germany for the United States in 1940.


His Nobel Prize-winning discoveries were detailed in the documentary Nova: A Whisper From Space.

Family Life

He married Anne Pearl Barras in 1954 and has children named David, Mindy and Rabbi Shifra.

Associated With

He shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physics with Soviet physicist Pyotr Kapitsa.