Birth date – 10/01/1939
Birth Place – Cincinnati , Ohio
- George Carruthers grew up in the earliest stages of the space race , he like most other boys was fascinated with space travel. Unlike most of those boys, he would ultimately go on to make some of the greatest contribution to ever benefit the space program.
- He was an avid science fiction reader and constructed model rockets with help and encouragement from his father.
- He had an interest in astronomy and at age 10, built his first telescope with a cardboard tube and a lens he purchased through mail-order.
- George spent a lot of timein the Chicago libraries and museums and in the Adler Planetarium he joined various science clubs and was a member of the Chicago Rocket Society.
- Upon graduating from Englewood High School in 1957 , he enrolled in the University of Illinois.
- George received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1961 , a Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1962 and a PH.D. in Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering in 1964 at the University of Illinois.
- Upon finishing his PH.D., he immediately accepted a position with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) as a Research Physicist in 1964 , having received a fellowship in Rocket Astronomy from the National Science Foundation.
- George became the principle inventor of the far ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph which would ultimately be used on the Apollo 16 mission to the moon.
- He has been lauded for his efforts and achievements. He was named Black Engineer of the Year in 1987, awarded the Arthur Fleming Award in 1971, the Exceptional Achievement Scientific Award from NASA in 1972, the Warner Prize in 1973 and was inducted into Natiopnal Inventors Hall of Fame in 2003. His success is primed to lead to greater achievements by those who follow in his footsteps in the future.