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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Nuclear Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Tilapia (Grilled), Rice (Brown), Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida Keys
Favorite Quote:
It is better to put your trust in God than to put confidence in men.

Birthplace

Born:
9/17/1948
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Nuclear Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Tilapia (Grilled), Rice (Brown), Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida Keys
Favorite Quote:
It is better to put your trust in God than to put confidence in men.

Birthplace

Born:
9/17/1948
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Nuclear physicist and physics professor Stephen C. McGuire was born on September 17, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana. McGuire was the first generation of his family to attend high school and college. McGuire’s parents were supportive of his education and inspired him to high achievements. By the time that McGuire graduated as valedictorian of his class at Joseph S. Clark Senior High in New Orleans, Louisiana, he knew that he wanted to pursue a career in physics. McGuire went on to attend Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) College on a four-year academic scholarship. He received his B.S. degree in physics, magna cum laude, in 1970. McGuire then continued his education at the University of Rochester where he studied under Professor Harry W. Fulbright and graduated with his M.S. degree in nuclear physics in 1974. In 1979, McGuire obtained his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in nuclear science with a focus on low energy neutron physics under the guidance of Professor David D. Clark.

Between 1979 and 1982, McGuire conducted research as a staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 1982, McGuire joined the faculty at Alabama A&M University in the department of physics and applied physics, and he began research with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). McGuire was honored by NASA in 1987 with its Office of Technology Utilization Research Citation Award. While at Alabama A&M, he also served as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Energy, and spent time as a physics researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In 1989, he became the first African American faculty member at the endowed College of Engineering at Cornell University. In 1992, he became a charter fellow of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). With research focusing on experimental nuclear physics and nuclear radiation and microelectronics, McGuire was appointed to be a visiting scientist at the Center for Neutron Research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 1998.

Since 1999, McGuire has served as professor and chair of the department of physics at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. McGuire has pursued his interest in optical materials as part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). During his tenure with the university, McGuire has led the establishment of the partnership between LIGO and Southern University and A&M College, and he served as the LIGO Scientific Collaboration Principal Investigator (PI). He considers this his greatest achievement. McGuire is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is married to the former Saundra E. Yancy. They have two adult daughters, Carla and Stephanie.

Stephen McGuire was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 18, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Stephen McGuire describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Stephen McGuire describes how his parents met, and their early life in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Stephen McGuire talks about his mother's life in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Stephen McGuire describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Stephen McGuire talks about his father's hard work, and his parents' emphasis on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Stephen McGuire describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Stephen McGuire talks about his siblings and describes his childhood home in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Stephen McGuire describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Stephen McGuire talks about attending Mt. Zion Baptist Church as a child in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Stephen McGuire talks about his elementary school and the strong African American community in New Orleans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Stephen McGuire talks about the quality of African American teachers found in the segregated schools in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Stephen McGuire talks about the teachers who influenced him in school in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Stephen McGuire talks about race relations, schools, libraries and how New Orleans differed from other Southern cities in terms of its segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Stephen McGuire talks about the desegregation of high school sports in the New Orleans school system in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Stephen McGuire describes his childhood interests and how his introduction to NASA and space shuttles encouraged his interest in science and physics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Stephen McGuire talks about his decision to study physics instead of playing college basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Stephen McGuire talks about playing basketball in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Stephen McGuire talks about how he was influenced by his high school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Stephen McGuire describes why he chose Southern University for college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Stephen McGuire talks about Felton Clark, the president of Southern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Stephen McGuire describes how he met his wife at Southern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Stephen McGuire talks about Dr. King's assassination and the moon landing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Stephen McGuire talks about graduating from from Southern University and the prominent academicians and athletes who graduated from there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Stephen McGuire describes his experience at the University of Rochester
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Stephen McGuire describes his decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree in nuclear science at Cornell University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Stephen McGuire describes his master's degree research on f-p shell nuclides
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Stephen McGuire describes his Ph.D. dissertation research on spin-forbidden isomers in Uranium-236
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Stephen McGuire talks about Ithaca, New York, and describes his research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Stephen McGuire describes his experience at Alabama A&M University and at Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Stephen McGuire describes his research at Cornell University on neutrons and x-rays, to understand the physics of materials
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Stephen McGuire describes his involvement in science education and minority education at Cornell University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Stephen McGuire describes his experience as a visiting professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Stephen McGuire describes his decision to return to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to chair the physics department - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Stephen McGuire describes his decision to return to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to chair the physics department - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Stephen McGuire describes his decision to leave Cornell University in order to chair the physics department at Southern University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Stephen McGuire explains the significance of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Stephen McGuire describes student involvement with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Stephen McGuire describes his involvement with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and other professional organizations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Stephen McGuire talks about his goals for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Stephen McGuire talks about the graduate program in physics at Southern University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Stephen McGuire reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Stephen McGuire describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Stephen McGuire reflects upon his choices
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Stephen McGuire talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Stephen McGuire describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Stephen McGuire talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Stephen McGuire describes his photographs