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Eugene Merle Shoemaker
Eugene Shoemaker at a stereoscopic microscope
Born (1928-04-28)April 28, 1928
Los Angeles, California
Died July 18, 1997(1997-07-18) (aged 69)
Alice Springs, Australia
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
Known for Planetary science
Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9
Notable awards National Medal of Science (1992)
William Bowie Medal (1996)
James Craig Watson Medal (1998)

Eugene Merle Shoemaker (April 28, 1928 – July 18, 1997), also known as Gene Shoemaker, was an American geologist. He was one of the founders of the field of planetary science. He was best known for co-discovering the Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 with his wife Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy.

Shoemaker died in a car crash in Alice Springs, Australia, aged 69.

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