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
DiedJuly 18, 1997(1997-07-18) (aged 69)
Alice Springs, Australia
ResidenceFlagstaff, Arizona (last)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
Princeton
Known forPlanetary science
Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9
Spouse(s)Carolyn S. Shoemaker 1951–1997 (his death)
AwardsG. K. Gilbert Award (1983)
Barringer Medal (1984)
National Medal of Science (1992)
William Bowie Medal (1996)
James Craig Watson Medal (1998)
Scientific career
FieldsAstrogeology
InstitutionsU. 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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