Black Inventors in Tech: George R. Carruthers [Day 16]


As a 9-year-old in 1948, George  Carruthers became interested in astronomy from reading books on the subject and science fiction comics. After earning a doctorate in aeronautical engineering in 1964, he went to work for NASA, where he headed the team that invented the ultraviolet camera spectrograph. The camera traveled to the moon with Apollo 16 in 1972. From the moon, researchers were able to study Earth’s atmosphere.


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