Thursday, July 21, 2011

G. Jeffrey Taylor receives Shoemaker Award

NLSI - G. Jeffrey Taylor received the Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award at the 2011 Lunar Science Forum. Taylor, a planetary science Professor in the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics & Planetology, University of Hawai'i (Manoa), specializes in planetary volcanology, igneous processes and extraterrestrial materials. Taylor uses a combination of petrology, geochemistry, field observations and remote sensing and theory to address problems in planetary science.

“In view of his many fundamental and far-reaching contributions to lunar science and his leadership efforts such as serving as the founding director of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, Dr. Taylor is exceptionally deserving of this medal,” said Yvonne Pendleton, director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute. “We are proud to present him with this honor.”

The Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award is an annual award given to a scientist who has significantly contributed to the field of Lunar Science throughout the course of their scientific career. The first Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award was given posthumously to Dr. Gene Shoemaker and presented to his wife Carolyn for his many contributions to the lunar geological sciences. The award was subsequently named after Dr. Shoemaker and includes a medal with the Shakespearian quote “And he will make the face of heaven so fine, that all the world will be in love with night.” Last year’s Shoemaker award was presented to Don E. Wilhelms.

Read the full NLSI Release HERE.

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