Person: Mcafee, Walter Samuel
Walter McAfee was an African-American scientist and astronomer, best known for his part in the world's first lunar radar echo experiments.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Luther McAfee had been educated at Texas College, which was run by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, and then became a carpenter.
- Walter attended High School in Marshall graduating in 1930.
- McAfee was awarded a Bachelor's Degree with distinction from Wiley College June of 1934 and began to look for jobs.
- McAfee was only 19 years old so did not worry too much when he did not quickly find a teaching job.
- McAfee was a hard worker and most summers when the school was on vacation, he studied high level courses at the university.
- Applications asked for a photograph to be included and McAfee was rejected several times, almost certainly because he was Black.
- McAfee was well qualified to be on this team for he had published papers on radar-echoing areas, radar cross sections and refraction studies in the atmosphere.
- Official reports of the projects success, however, failed even to mention that McAfee was on the team.
- McAfee's Ph.D. was in physics and was supervised by Hans Bethe.
- It was to study radio astronomy and solar physics and was presented to McAfee by President Eisenhower.
- McAfee was induced into the Science Hall of Fame at Wiley College in 1982.
- On 28 July 1997 the McAfee Center was dedicated at Fort Monmouth.
Born 2 September 1914, Ore City, Upshure County, Texas, USA. Died 18 February 1995, South Belmar, New Jersey, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive