Carolyn S. Shoemaker
Carolyn Jean Spellmann
June 24, 1929
|Died||August 13, 2021 (aged 92)|
|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)
|Institutions||California Institute of Technology|
Palomar Observatory, California
Carolyn Jean Spellmann Shoemaker (June 24, 1929 – August 13, 2021) was an American astronomer. She was a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9. She held the record for most comets discovered by a single person.
Personal life[change | change source]
Shoemaker was born Carolyn Jean Spellmann in Gallup, New Mexico, United States. She was the widow of Eugene Shoemaker, a planetary scientist. They were married from 1951 until his death in 1997.
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.
References[change | change source]
- Mestel, Rosie (9 July 1994). "Carolyn Shoemaker and 'Her Comet'". New Scientist. Vol. 143, no. 1933. p. 23.
- "Carolyn Shoemaker". Astrogeology Science Center. USGS.
- "American Astronomer Carolyn Shoemaker's Death at 92". US Day News. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
- FELDMANN, Jean-Baptiste (2021-08-15). "Carolyn Shoemaker a rejoint son mari dans les étoiles". CIELMANIA : le blog de Jean-Baptiste FELDMANN, photographe du ciel (in French). Retrieved 2021-08-16.
- Traub, Alex (September 1, 2021). "Carolyn Shoemaker, Hunter of Comets and Asteroids, Dies at 92". The New York Times. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
- "She's Looking Out for Us". Explorer. American Association of Petroleum Geologists. May 2001.