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George Carruthers – Black Inventor

George Carruthers  For many people the world of space is the ultimate final frontier, and one that is beyond their grasp, but thanks to the work of geniuses like George Carruthers, we can access and better understand the vastness of the universe. Working in perhaps the most field of our time, Carruthers has carved a niche as one of the world’s leading astronautical engineers and physicists, and has more than earned his reputation as one of the world’s most famous African American minds and inventors.

Like so many other brilliant minds, Carruthers did not perform very well in the classroom, but his achievements in science fairs and the like waylaid any fears that the boy was intellectually inferior. His understanding and confidence grew as a he progressed through the education system, and he soon earned a Bachelor in Engineering for aeronautical engineering, a reflection on the power of his practical mind. But he did not stop there. Carruthers furthered his education by delving into the world of nuclear power, which had not yet risen in to the popular consciousness during the 1960’s. After being awarded his Master’s Degree for nuclear engineering, he earned a doctorate in astro- and aeronautical engineering. It had taken him only four years (1961 – 1964) to go from a primary degree to a doctoral level, which is a stunning achievement in itself, but that was just the start of his journey.

Carruthers’ work had placed him in an ideal position to assist the multiple space missions that NASA was working on at the time, and some of his best work came in handy for the purpose of space exploration. His most notable contribution was the spectrograph, a piece of equipment designed as the first moon observation tool.

 

 

Carruther’s sits on several boards, and currently promotes great young minds by giving them opportunities to assist and teach while enhancing their own knowledge. This philanthropical edge belies the deep-rooted concern for others that makes his work all the more poignant.

 
 
 
 

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