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African American Scientists

George Edward Alcorn Jr. (b.1940)

George edward alcorn Jr.

  • Born in 1940 in Indianapolis, IN
  • Attended Occidential College on scholarship and graduated with honors, with a B.S. in Physics, while also participating on basketball and football teams.
  • Earned a Master of Science in Physics in 9 months from Howard University in 1963.
  • After years as a physicist & engineer at IBM, Alcorn left to work for NASA in 1978
  • As Second Plateau Inventor at NASA, he invented an imaging x-ray spectrometer for which he earned a patent, as well as NASA/GSFC Inventor of the Year honors in 1984
  •  He served on a project management team that developed technologies used on the space station Freedom  
  • Alcorn has been an integral part in managing the 30 year mission of the space station, overseeing the GSFC Evolution Program. 
  • In all George Alcorn, Jr. is responsible for over 20 inventions

Image credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons