Stephen Craig McGuire

Stephen Craig McGuire

Title: Professor Emeritus of Physics

Company: Southern University and A&M College

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Stephen Craig McGuire, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Southern University and A&M College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia and physics.

Interested in the applications of physics from a formative age, Dr. McGuire attended Southern University and A&M College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1970. Subsequently, he received a Master of Science in nuclear physics from the University of Rochester in 1974 and a Doctor of Philosophy in nuclear science from Cornell University in 1979. While studying toward his master’s degree, he served as a research assistant at the University of Rochester for three years. Likewise, Dr. McGuire was active as a lecturer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in 1976 and a research assistant at Cornell University from 1975 to 1978 while earning his doctorate.

A former development associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dr. McGuire worked the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in 1983 before becoming an assistant professor of physics at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University for the following three years. Ascending the ranks to an associate professor until 1989, he transferred to the Word Laboratory at Cornell University as an associate professor for a decade. He began his tenure at Southern University and A&M College in 1999, flourishing as a professor for 20 years before attaining the rank of emeritus. During this time, he excelled as the chair of the department of physics from 1999 to 2008. Dr. McGuire remains involved as a consultant in the field, as well as a teacher at the LIGO Science Education Center.

Dr. McGuire was a faculty fellow of NASA and the American Society for Engineering Education at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama in 1987. A contributor of several articles to professional journals, he is a fellow of the American Physical Society, as well as a charter fellow and a past president of the National Society of Black Physicists. Likewise, Dr. McGuire has maintained his affiliation with the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Nuclear Society, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. McGuire attributes his success to the encouragement and support of his parents, who also taught him the value of giving back to one’s family and community. Although decorated with numerous accolades, he cites the highlight of his career to be his aid in the establishment of the collaboration between Southern University and A&M College and LIGO. With their union, they founded a major science education partnership. Additionally, Dr. McGuire was a member of the international team of scientists who received the Nobel Prize in Physics for the observation of gravitational waves in 2017.

As a testament to his success, Dr. McGuire was presented with the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He was also recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer in Physics by Howard University’s department of physics in 2016, an HBCU Digest Male Faculty Member of the Year in 2016, an Inaugural LIGO scientific collaboration fellow in 2015 and the Faculty Researcher of the Year by the Southern University and A&M College in 2005. Additionally, he accepted the 2016 Phi Delta Kappa Scientist in Education Award, the 2002 Competitive Grant Award from the Chancellor’s Recognition Program from the Southern University and A&M College, and a 1989 NASA Office of Technology Utilization Research Citation, among myriad other accolades. Most impressively, Dr. McGuire was an invited guest to the White House Millennium Lecture by Stephen Hawking on March 6, 1998 in Washington, D.C.

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