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Stephen Craig McGuire, PhD

Stephen Craig McGuire, PhD

Title: James and Ruth Smith Endowed Professor of Physics Emeritus

Company: Southern University and A&M College

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States




  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Nuclear Society
  • American Physical Society (fellow, 2008)
  • American Physical Society Bridge Program, National Advisory Board (2008–2017)
  • American Physical Society, Committee on Minorities in Physics (chair, 1988-1989)
  • California Institute of Technology, Division of Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy (visiting associate, 2000-2013)
  • Committee on Opportunities in Science (COOS) (2017)
  • Cornell University
  • LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) (principal investigator, 2000–present)
  • Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund (LA BoRSF) Advisory Committee (representative, 2016)
  • Materials Research Society
  • Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church (deacon)
  • National Society of Black Physicists (charter fellow, past president)
  • Sigma Xi
  • Southern University and A&M College (university marshal, 2015–present)
  • Southern University System (SUS)
  • Southern University, Biohazards Safety Committee (chair, 1999–present)
  • University of Rochester


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2022)
  • Inductee, Top Professionals of the Year, Marquis Who’s Who (2020)
  • Recipient, Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award, LIGO Scientific Collaboration (2017)
  • Distinguished Memorial Lecturer, National Institute of Science, Beta Kappa Chi (2017)
  • Recipient, Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, LIGO Scientific Collaboration (2016)
  • Recipient, Louisiana Role Model Award, Baton Rouge Chapter of the Links (2016)
  • Recipient, Gruber Cosmology Prize, LIGO Scientific Collaboration (2016)
  • Distinguished Lecturer in Physics, Howard University Department of Physics, Sigma Xi (2016)
  • Recipient, Scientist in Education Award, Phi Delta Kappa (2016)
  • Honoree, Faculty Member of the Year, HBCU Digest Male (2016)
  • Fellow, Inaugural LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) (2015)
  • Library of Congress HistoryMakers® Inaugural Digital Archive Entry (2014)
  • Recipient, Millionaire Club Award, Office of Sponsored Programs, Southern University and A&M College (2013)
  • NIST Colloquium Series Lecturer, “LIGO: At the forefront of optical physics research” (2008)
  • Honoree, Faculty Researcher of the Year in the College of Sciences, Southern University and A&M College (2005)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Research Investigator Award, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA (2003)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Service Award, Southern University and A&M College Honors College (2003)
  • Recipient, Competitive Grant Award, Chancellor’s Recognition Program, Southern University and A&M College (2002)
  • Invited Guest, White House Millennium Lecture by Stephen Hawking, Washington, D.C. (1998)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Visiting Scientist in Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State University (1997)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the East,” Marquis Who’s Who (1991-1992)
  • Honoree, Research Citation, NASA’s Office of Technology Utilization (1989)
  • NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL (1987)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America,” Marquis Who’s Who (1987-1988)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the South and Southwest,” Marquis Who’s Who (1986-1989)
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Summer Science Program Scholar, U.S. Department of Energy, Stanford, CA (1970)
  • Crown Zellerbach Foundation Fellow, Department of Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (1968-1969)
  • Scholar, Columbia University, Carnegie and Ford Foundations Intensive Summer Studies Program (ISSP) (1968)
  • Recipient, Academic Scholarship Award, Four-year Southern University and A&M College (1966-1970)
  • Valedictorian, Joseph S. Clark High School, New Orleans, LA (1966)
  • Recipient, Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company Outstanding Advancement in Science Award, Joseph S. Clark High School, New Orleans, LA (1966)
  • Recipient, Felton G. Clark Award, Joseph S. Clark High School, New Orleans, LA (1965)
  • Honoree, Research Citation, NASA’s Office of Technology Utilization
  • John McMullen Graduate Fellow in Nuclear Science, Cornell University

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