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01 octobre 1939
George R. CARRUTHERS astrophysicien du Laboratoire de Recherche Maritime, était responsable du développement de l'unique caméra qui fit le voyage vers la lune à bord d'Apollo 16 en Avril 1972.

Appelée la caméra spectrographe ultraviolet à grande portée les 2,5 Kg de cet élément portable étaient destinés à étudier l'atmosphère au dessus de la terre et d'autres phénomènes interplanétaires, Etoiles, Nébuleuses et Galaxies. A part sa boîte de piles et son câble flexible de connections, la caméra entière était en plaqué or afin de conserver la chaleur sur la surface de la lune. Aussitôt après avoir débarqué, la caméra était installée dans l'ombre du module pour la protéger de la lumière directe du soleil pendant que la boîte de piles était déployée dans la lumière du soleil pour la chaleur indispensable à son opération.

Plus de 200 cadres d'images étaient obtenues à partir des 11 cibles sélectionnés. En 1973 une version modifiée de la caméra était produite pour la Skylab dont 4 lancements afin d'obtenir des images de la comète Kouhotek, une nouvelle comète allant vers le soleil. Aujourd' hui des versions améliorées ont été développées pour l'utilisation possible des missions des navettes spatiales d'avenir.

Dès l'âge de 25 ans, il fit d'importantes collaborations dans le domaine de l'image électronique. Il développa aussi une lunette de fusée pour observer les rayons ultraviolets des étoiles. Il fallait s'attendre que ses contributions auraient fait des progrès dans la compréhension humaine de la façon comment les étoiles et notre univers étaient nés.

Illustrations tirées du livre ' Inventeurs et savants Noirs ' écrit par M. Yves Antoine en 1998 édité par l'Harmattan, du Magazine Ebony de décembre 1999.

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Posté par kengne le 31 Août 2007 à 22:24

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c'est les resultats d'une recherche de google et j'aimerai les partager avec mes freres aficains du monde entier. The 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science By Garland L. Thompson Oct 1, 2004, 12:05 Darnell E. Diggs, Ph.D., Research Physicist, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Look closely at this list of Black stereotype-busters. Because Blacks are the canary in America's social talent mine, the status of Blacks in the scientific arena is of interest to everyone. When asked, most people would be hard-pressed to name 10 Black scientists, much less 50. And to be truthful, most Americans would not assume there were 50 "Important" Black scientists anywhere, considering the self-evident small penetration of minorities into the highest echelons of Corporate America. But the bigger truth is that small numbers do not equal small talent. Rather, the toll exacted by outmoded prejudice is that those who do make it into the ranks of top science professionals get there by superior performance. The numbers of Blacks working in the research environment may be small, but the size of their accomplishments is large. And influence always flows from large accomplishments. The role of a George Carruthers in developing an early orbital telescope that opened new vistas in astronomy is not lost on a Derrick Pitts, who as chief astronomer and planetarium program director at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute reaches millions with edutainment programs when he steps away from his official duties in the observatory. Pitts, working in a place whose outreach to schoolchildren is legendary, provides a new education to the multitudes streaming through the Institute's doors as much by his very visible, often televised presence as by the programs he designs. And he's not the only one. Neil Tyson, who designed the Hayden Planetarium whose programs he directs at New York's American Museum of Natural History, is a lesson in himself on the level of performance Blacks can achieve in science. Neil Tyson, who designed the Hayden Planetarium The List Goes On. Shirley Ann Jackson broke a lot of old molds for science professionals when she graduated with a Ph.D. in physics from MIT, but that was only the beginning. It is forgotten today that 10 Black scientists played integral roles in the Manhattan Project to unleash the atom, but it's hard to forget Dr. Jackson's ascension as the first Black member, then the first chair, of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. And if anyone thinks that job was only ceremonial, hark back to the frightening days of Three Mile Island. Better yet, come forward a few years, and visit the wasteland outside Chernobyl. Now she's running Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- after West Point the oldest American engineering school -- while simultaneously leading the American Association for the Advancement of Science as president. Luther Williams used a combination of scientific brilliance and oratorical elegance to rise at the National Science Foundation, at a time when many Americans could be excused for not knowing what it did. The Urban Systemic Initiatives Dr. Williams promulgated in school districts across the country, before he moved on, shifted the possibilities open to millions of schoolchildren. And if a lot of ordinary Americans never heard of him, their children's teachers certainly did. Shirley M. Malcolm Ditto for Shirley Malcom, at the AAAS. Not only has she been a tireless advocate for minorities' and women's access to science careers, she flies around the world personally opening doors. One of her many exploits is running the Graduate Scholars Program, driving creation of a new Black professoriate by financing Ph.D.-level education for Black science graduates. Another reached into the foundation of the Black community, the churches, recognizing that many were running ad-hoc after-school tutoring programs. Dr. Malcom raised the bar by providing tutor training, help in strengthening their curricular focus, and new materials to promote the study of science. Percy Pierre had the good fortune to watch a dream he promoted grow into a major contributor called NACME, which today has spent more than $100 million putting 18,000-plus minority students through college. John Slaughter -- former chancellor of the University of Maryland's flagship campus at College Park, then president of Occidental College -- is now NACME's president and CEO, after being called out of retirement. He recently honored Dr. Pierre at NACME's Big Bash to celebrate its achievement of dramatically boosting minority participation in science and engineering over the last 30 years. The List Goes On and On. Mark Dean set the agenda for a complete shift in the American business paradigm when he laid the architecture for the IBM personal computer, but he was impatient to move on to other exploits, generating patent after patent and gaining recognition as an IBM Fellow, master inventor, vice president, and lab director. The List Goes On. Arnold Stancell rewrote the history of polymer science before himself moving on, first to top executive levels at Mobil Oil Corporation and then to academia, where he is training a new corps of discoverers. Lydia Thomas built an enterprise in not-for-profit consulting, providing environmental guidance to federal, state, and local governments at Mitretek Systems, Inc., and her expertise took her to the advisory council of the new federal Department of Homeland Security. What you find, when you look at this list, is that the 50 Most Important are, like the Emerald Honors winners, scientists who push the performance envelope to its outer bounds. What's different here is that, in the breadth and potency of their influence, each is really creating a new envelope altogether, to encompass everybody. Derrick Pitts, who as chief astronomer and planetarium program director at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute reaches millions with edutainment programs when he steps away from his official duties in the observatory. The 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science James R. Andrade, Ph.D. Senior Director Research and Development, Meals Division and Growth Kraft Foods North America Sharon J. Barnes Human Resources Manager The Dow Chemical Company Vernol Battiste Education and Outreach Manager, Principal Investigator NASA Ames Research Center Guion S. Bluford Jr., Ph.D. President Aerospace Technology Group George R. Carruthers Senior Astrophysicist Naval Research Laboratory, Space Science Division Marjorie Davis Senior Principal SRA International, Inc. Mark E. Dean, Ph.D. IBM Fellow and Vice President IBM Corporation Peter J. Delfyett, Ph.D. Professor of Optics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics College of Optics and Photonics: CREOL and FPCE - University of Central Florida Darnell E. Diggs, Ph.D. Research Physicist U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Arnold W. Donald Chairman of the Board Merisant Company Lisa Egbuonu-Davis, M.D. Vice President, U.S. Medical Pfizer Inc. Philip Emeagwali Computer Scientist Emeagwali Research Roscoe C. Giles, Ph.D. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Boston University Donald E. Goodwin Vice President - Scientific Laboratories and Proving Grounds DaimlerChrysler Corporation Johney B. Green Jr., Ph.D. Group Leader - Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center Oak Ridge National Laboratory Coolidge Hamlett Jr. Director, Flight Information Systems Division NAVAIR Depot Cherry Point Paula T. Hammond, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Gary L. Harris, Ph.D. Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Director, Materials Science Research Center of Excellence Howard University Mary S. Harris, Ph.D. President BioTechnical Communications, Inc. William Hogan Chairman and CEO The Hogan Group Kerrie Holley Distinguished Engineer IBM Corporation Freeman A. Hrabowski III President University of Maryland, Baltimore County Roychelle S. Ingram-Ogunwumi, Ph.D. Senior Development Scientist Corning Incorporated Shirley A. Jackson, Ph.D. President Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Leroy Jones Manager of Regulatory Engineering Dell Inc. Kevin T. Kornegay, Ph.D. Director, Cornell Broadband Communications Research Laboratory Cornell University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Jean-Yvon Lauriston Computer Scientist, Principal Computer Sciences Corporation Julius L. Longshore E-2/C-2 Product Build Integrated Product Team Director Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems Shirley M. Malcom, Ph.D. Head, Education and Human Resources American Association for the Advancement of Science Wayne J. Martin, Ph.D. Environmental Scientist, Technical Group Manager Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Jesse W. McCurdy Director, Integrated Systems Evalulation, Experimentation and Test Department NAVAIR Oliver McGee, Ph.D. Professor and Chairperson, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science Ohio State University Vincent M. McNeil, Ph.D. Senior Technologist, Worldwide DSP Products, Advanced Architectures and Chip Technology Texas Instruments Incorporated Colin J. Parris, Ph.D. Vice President, eServer Product Management IBM Corporation Percy A. Pierre, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Michigan State University Derrick H. Pitts Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Programs Director, Senior Scientist Franklin Institute Science Museum Myrtle S. Potter President, Commercial Operations Genentech, Inc. Marquita M. Qualls, Ph.D. Principal Scientist, Pharmaceutical Development GlaxoSmithKline Melvin R. Ramey, Ph.D., P.E. Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of California, Davis Barbara A. Sanders Director of R&D Engineering, Advanced Development Delphi Thermal and Interior Systems Delphi Corporation Bobby Satcher, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwestern University Medical Center Mission Specialist, NASA John B. Slaughter, Ph.D. President and CEO NACME, Inc. Arnold F. Stancell, Sc.D. Emeritus Professor, Turner Servant Leadership Chair Georgia Tech, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering James H. Stith, Ph.D. Vice President, Physics Resources Center American Institute of Physics John D. Terry, Ph.D. Director of Baseband Systems Engineering WiQuest Communications, Inc. Lydia W. Thomas, Ph.D. President and Chief Executive Officer Mitretek Systems, Inc. Neil D. Tyson, Ph.D. The Frederick P. Rose Director, Hayden Planetarium American Museum of Natural History Woodrow Whitlow Jr., Ph.D. Deputy Director NASA Kennedy Space Center Gina P. Wilkerson, D.V.M. Director, Veterinary Medicine AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Carlo K. Williams, Ph.D. Development Scientist Corning Incorporated Luther S. Williams, Ph.D. William T. Kemper, Director of Education and Interpretation Missouri Botanical Garden Scott W. Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Mathematics University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
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