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Transcript of George Alcorn
By: Jaila Carr
Full Name: George Edward Alcorn Jr.
Born: March 22, 1940
Parents: George & Arletta Dixon Alcorn
-Occidental College in Pasadena, California
-Graduated with a B.A. in physics in 1962
-In 1963 he completed a master's degree in nuclear physics (Howard University)
-Worked as a research engineer for the Space Division of North American Rockwell (computing trajectories and orbital mechanics for missiles)
-His research on negative ion formation was supported with a NASA grant
-Earned his doctorate from Howard University in atomic and molecular physics. (1967)
-Earned his Ph.D
What he did.
Created the x-ray spectrometer.
-Won NASA's Inventor of the Year
-Taught courses in electrical engineering
- X-ray Spectrometer: A device that helps scientists better understand what materials are composed of when they cannot be broken down.
- Joined NASA in 1978