George Edward Alcorn, Jr.


George Edward Alcorn, Jr.

George Edward Alcorn, Jr. was a pioneer African American physicist for Rockwell International who invented a method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer. cite web |url=http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blbennett.htm |title=George Edward Alcorn, Jr.| quote=George Edward Alcorn, Jr. received a four-year academic scholarship to Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. George Edward Alcorn received his degree with honors while earning eight letters in basketball and football. George Edward Alcorn earned a Master of Science in Nuclear Physics in 1963 from Howard University, after nine months of study. | publisher=About.com |accessdate=2008-02-27 ]

Biography

He was born on March 22, 1940, to George and Arletta Dixon Alcorn. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, a M.S. in Physics from Howard University, and a Ph.D., also from Howard, in 1967. [cite news |url=http://www.post-gazette.com/lifestyle/20020220kids0220p9.asp |title=Alcorn exceled in missile research |accessdate=2008-02-27 |quote=George Edward Alcorn Jr. attended Occidental College in Los Angeles where he earned eight letters in basketball and football and was an honors student studying physics. He received his bachelor's degree in 1962 and a master's in nuclear physics from Howard University a year later. |publisher=Pittsburgh Post Gazette ]

Alcorn was employed by as Rockwell International as a research engineer for, working on the analysis of launch trajectories for missiles, including the Titan I and II, Saturn IV, and the Nova missiles. [cite news |last= Williams | first=Scott|url=http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/physics/alcorn_georgeE.html |title=George Edward Alcorn | quote= George Edward Alcorn, Jr. was born on March 22, 1940, to George and Arletta Dixon Alcorn. His father was an auto mechanic who sacrificed so Alcorn and his brother could get an education. Alcorn attended Occidental College in Pasadena, California, where he maintained an excellent academic record while earning eight letters in baseball and football.| accessdate=2008-02-27 |publisher=
State University of New York at Buffalo
]

He has received a number of patents.

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