NASA Glenn Research Center Inducts NSU Alumnus in Hall of Fame

earls_dr__julianNASA Glenn Research Center has inducted an NSU alumnus, who served as a center  director, into its hall of fame.

The induction, held Sept. 14, marked just the second time that the Center has inducted members into the hall of fame. The first nine members were inducted last year in honor of the Center’s 100th anniversary of what has become NASA. This year’s class is being recognized in celebration of the 75th anniversary of what has become Glenn, based in Brook Park, with testing grounds in Perkins Township, Ohio. A Glenn spokesperson said new inductions will happen only on milestone occasions, not every year.

The new inductees include:

Julian M. Earls, the center’s ninth director. The pioneering African-American physicist and administrator joined Lewis Research Center in 1965 to work in the health physics program. He rose to lead the center from 2003 to 2005.

Julian Earls began his career at the center as a physicist, and he rose through the ranks to become the ninth center director of the NASA Glenn Research Center. Along the way he authored numerous technical papers, earned 10 university degrees, mentored students and colleagues, championed equal opportunity, and was often recognized for his exceptional leadership and unparalleled public speaking abilities.

Earls was born in Virginia and earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Norfolk State University in 1964. He went on to earn his master’s degree in radiation biology in 1965 from the Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. In the same year, he came to the NASA Lewis Research Center as a physicist in the health-physics program.

For the complete list of inductees and background information on Dr. Earls, please click on the link here:



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