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Dr. George R. Curruthers, esteemed astrophysicist and inventor passes away at 81

The ASP is sad to report the passing of Dr. George R. Curruthers in December of 2020. Born in 1939, Dr. Curruthers was a renowned astrophysicist, pioneer in the use of ultraviolet spectroscopy to study the universe, and inventor who developed the first moon-based observatory for the Apollo 16 mission. He was also a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in 2012

In 2017, the ASP awarded Dr. Curruthers with the Arthur B.C. Walker II Award which recognizes the outstanding achievement by an African American in astronomy and for actively promoting diversity in science.