Dr. George Carruthers First Recipient of NIS Outstanding Scientist Award
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Dr. George R.
Carruthers, head of the Ultraviolet Measurements
Group in the Space Science Division, was presented "The
Outstanding Scientist Award" by the National Institute of
Science (NIS), at the Joint National Meeting of the National
Institute of Science, Beta Kappa Chi and the Brookhaven Semester
Program on April 8th in Nashville, Tennessee.
This award was presented to Dr.
Carruthers' "in recognition of his distinguished career
to space research and for exemplary services to teaching students."
He is the first recipient of this award. According to NIS,
Dr. Carruthers' career "illustrates the positive outcomes
of hard work and commitment to the advancement of science."
The mission of the National Institute
of Science is to provide a roadway for the exchange of scientific
information and the presentation of scholarly research papers
by science students and faculty members primarily from Historically
Black Colleges and Universities, and for establishing a science
network consisting of students, educators and research professionals.
In 1993, Dr. Carruthers was one
of the first 100 recipients of the Black Engineer of the Year
award honored by US Black Engineer He has also worked with NRL's
Community Outreach Program and several outside education and
community outreach organizations in support of educational activities
in science at Ballou High School and other DC area schools.
"He has worked at the Laboratory for over thirty years and has served as an outstanding role model to many aspiring young students working through NRL's community outreach program", said outreach program manager, Dom Panciarelli.
Dr. Carruthers has gained international recognition for his work which focuses on ultraviolet observations of the earth's upper atmosphere and of astronomical phenomena. He developed the first moon-based space observatory, an ultraviolet camera that was carried to the moon by Apollo 16 astronauts in 1972. He has been the principal investigator for numerous NASA and DoD sponsored space instruments including a 1986 rocket instrument that obtained ultraviolet image of Comet Halley. His most recent on the Air Force ARGOS mission captured an image of a Leonid shower meteor entering the earth's atmosphere, the first time a meteor has been imaged in the far ultraviolet from a space-borne camera.
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