Birth date – 03/22/1940
Birth place – Indianapolis , Indiana
- George was the son of Arletta and George Alcorn, Sr an auto mechanic , Both parents promoted the virtu of education to George jr and his younger brother Charles.
- George was an excellent student in high school and entered Occidental College in Los Angeles, California on an academic scholarship.
- He was a remarkable athlete and received varsity letters in baseball and football. He also graduated with honors with a degree in physics in 1962 and followed this by enrolling in the Nuclear Physics program at Howard University , He completed his Master’s work in 1963.
- He obtained work during the summers of 1962 and 1963 at North America Rockwell , a Leading aerospace company. He worked in the company’s space division and was assigned to perform computer analysis on the orbital mechanics and launch trajectories for rockets and missiles.
- Some of his work involved the Titan and Saturn rockets from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Apollo space missions and well as the NOVA missle.
- In 1964 George was awarded the research grant he applied for and started conducting his research from 1965 to 1967.
- He also rnolled in the Physics program at Howard University and received a PhD in Atomic and Molecular physics in 1967 , after tremendous success and researching , George took a moment to focus on his personal life and got married to Marie Daviller in 1969.
- Alcorn signed on with Philco-Ford, a division of the Ford Motor Company. Philco-Ford produced a wide array of products , ranging from car radio to television sets.
- He later worked as a senior physicist for perkin elmer , a multinational technology corporation and then as an advisory engineer for International Business Machines (IBM)
- Later he was selected to teach as an IBM Visiting Professor in Electrical Engineering at Howard University (Enventually becoming a full professor) He also taught Electrical Engineering at the university of the District of Columbia as a full professor.
- In 1978 George left IBM and joined NASA where he invented an imaging X-ray spectrometer which used thermomigration of aluminum.
- Xray spectrometry is used to provide data which can be analyzed for a number of applications , including for obtaining information about remote solar systems and other space objects.
- As a refult of the significance of this work , he was the NASA/GSFC Inventor of the Year
- Because of his success in his endeavors , NASA placed him in an administrative/management position as the deputy project manager for advanced development of new technologies for use in the international space station freedom.
- In 1990 he was named the manager for advanced programs for NASA/GSFC and in 1992 became the head of the Office of Commercial programs at GSFC.Later he ran GSFC Evolution program which oversaw the development and running of the space station. In 1994 he oversaw a space shuttle experiment which utilized a “Robot Operated