George Edward Alcorn, Jr

George Edward Alcorn, Jr.
(born March 22nd, 1940) is a pioneer African American physicist and inventor for Rockwell International who invented a method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer. [


He was born on March 22, 1940, to George and Arletta Dixon Alcorn. In Miami, Florida were he was born and raised. 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. [2]

Alcorn was employed by as Rockwell International as a research engineer for, working on the analysis of launch trajectories for missiles, including the HGM-25A Titan I and II, Saturn IV, and the Nova missiles. [3]

He has received a number of patents.

George Edward Alcorn, Jr. received a four-year academic scholarship to Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he graduated with a Bachelor degree in Physics earned a Master of Science in Nuclear Physics in 1963 from Howard University, after nine months of study. During the summers of 1962 and 1963, George Alcorn worked as a .

He was involved with the computer analysis of launch trajectories and orbital mechanics for Rockwell missiles, including the Titan I and II, Saturn IV, and the Nova.

Right – Patent Number 4,472,728 September 18, 1984 – Method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer

In 1967, George Edward Alcorn earned a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics from Howard University. Between 1965-67 Alcorn conducted research on negative ion formation under a NASA-sponsored grant. Dr. George Edward Alcorn holds eight patents in the United States and Europe on semiconductor technology, one of which is a method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer. His area of research includes: adaptation of chemical ionization mass spectrometers for the detection of amino acids and development of other experimental methods for planetary life detection; classified research involved with missile reentry and missile defense; design and building of space instrumentation, atmospheric contaminant sensors, magnetic mass spectrometers, mass analyzers; and development of new concepts of magnet design and the invention of a new type of x-ray spectrometer.and limbs.