Carolyn S. Shoemaker

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Carolyn S. Shoemaker
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Born (1929-06-24) June 24, 1929 (age 89)
Gallup, New Mexico, United States
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Alma mater California State University, Chico
Known for co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9
Spouse(s) Eugene Shoemaker 1951–1997 (his death)
Awards James Craig Watson Medal (1998)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
Rittenhouse Medal (1988)
Scientist of the Year Award (1995)
Scientific career
Fields Astronomy
Institutions California Institute of Technology
Palomar Observatory, California

Carolyn Jean Spellmann Shoemaker (born June 24, 1929) is an American astronomer. She is a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9.[1] She holds the record for most comets discovered by a single person.[2]

Personal life[change | change source]

Shoemaker was born Carolyn Jean Spellmann in Gallup, New Mexico, United States.[2] She is the widow of Eugene Shoemaker, a planetary scientist.[2]

Career[change | change source]

Shoemaker started her astronomical career in 1980, searching for Earth-crossing asteroids and comets at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, and the Palomar Observatory, San Diego, California.[3]

As of 2002, Shoemaker had discovered 32 comets and over 300 asteroids (counting the as-yet unnumbered ones).[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Mestel, Rosie (9 July 1994). "Carolyn Shoemaker and 'Her Comet'". New Scientist. 143 (1933). p. 23. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Carolyn Shoemaker". Astrogeology Science Center. USGS. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "She's Looking Out for Us". Explorer. American Association of Petroleum Geologists. May 2001. 

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