George Carruthers born October 1, 1939, in Cincinnati, Ohio, built his first telescope at 10 years old. He earned his Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the University of Illinois in 1964 and began working at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. As an adult, he developed a method that uses ultraviolet imaging in order to view images in deep space that was previously impossible to see. This technology would eventually be used on Apollo 16’s mission to the moon. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2012.