Eugene Merle Shoemaker

American geologist and astronomer
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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.

Eugene Merle Shoemaker
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Eugene Shoemaker at a stereoscopic microscope
Born(1928-04-28)April 28, 1928
DiedJuly 18, 1997(1997-07-18) (aged 69)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
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
InstitutionsU. S. Geological Survey, California Institute of Technology

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

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