Eugene Merle Shoemaker

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Eugene Merle Shoemaker
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Eugene Shoemaker at a stereoscopic microscope
Born (1928-04-28)April 28, 1928
Los Angeles, California
Died July 18, 1997(1997-07-18) (aged 69)
Alice Springs, Australia
Residence Flagstaff, Arizona (last)
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
Princeton
Known for Planetary science
Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9
Spouse(s) Carolyn S. Shoemaker 1951–1997 (his death)
Awards G. K. Gilbert Award (1983)
Barringer Medal (1984)
National Medal of Science (1992)
William Bowie Medal (1996)
James Craig Watson Medal (1998)
Scientific career
Fields Astrogeology
Institutions U. S. Geological Survey, California Institute of Technology

Eugene Merle Shoemaker (April 28, 1928 – July 18, 1997), also known as Gene Shoemaker, was an American geologist. He was one of the founders of the field of planetary science. He was best known for co-discovering the Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 with his wife Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy.

Shoemaker died in a car crash in Alice Springs, Australia, aged 69.

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