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Carolyn S. Shoemaker
Born June 24, 1929 (1929-06-24) (age 90)
Gallup, New Mexico, United States
Citizenship American
Nationality American
Fields Astronomy
Institutions California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena, California
Palomar Observatory, San Diego, California
Known for co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9
Notable awards James Craig Watson Medal (1998)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

Carolyn Jean Spellmann Shoemaker (born June 24, 1929) is an American astronomer. She is a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9. She holds the record for most comets discovered by a single person.

Personal life

Shoemaker was born Carolyn Jean Spellmann in Gallup, New Mexico, United States. She is the widow of Eugene Shoemaker, a planetary scientist.


Shoemaker started her astronomical career in 1980, searching for Earth-crossing asteroids and comets at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, and the Palomar Observatory, San Diego, California.

As of 2002, Shoemaker had discovered 32 comets and over 300 asteroids (counting the as-yet unnumbered ones).

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