RICHARD MULLER is a professor of physics at the University of California Berkeley, with numerous awards for both research discoveries and for teaching. Muller won the Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation for his discovery of the cosine non-uniformity of the cosmic 3° K radiation, a MacArthur Prize (the "genius award"), and he shared the 2014 Breakthrough Award for his role in the discovery of the acceleration of the Universe and dark energy. Two of Muller's protégés (his graduate student Saul Perlmutter and his post-doctoral fellow George Smoot) went on to win Nobel Prizes for the completion of projects founded and initially run by Muller.
He has written over 100 articles in experimental and theoretical physics in top peer-reviewed journals, covering problems in particle physics, the Theory of Relativity, cosmology, geophysics and astrophysics. His books include Physics for Future Presidents, Energy for Future Presidents and, most recently, Now: The Physics of Time. He has an exceptional ability to make difficult concepts clear to laymen, and even to the physics-phobe, while keeping the expert happy.
His 2006 lectures on YouTube were ranked #3 for all-time most popular lectures by the New York Times. He has received email of thanks for these lectures from 49 states and 99 countries.