Mar 09,2007 00:00
Emmett Chappelle, retired research scientist from NASA's
The National Inventors Hall of Fame was founded in 1973. The recognition honors innovators who have changed society and improved the way we live.
Chappelle was chosen for his work with Lyophilized Reaction Mixtures. His work revealed that a specific combination of chemicals causes all living organisms to omit light. Through his discovery, Chappelle facilitated important findings within the fields of biology and chemistry. His research efforts led to the development of remote sensing of vegetation health through laser-induced fluorescence. He also developed techniques used to detect bacteria in urine, blood, spinal fluids, drinking water and foods.
"I really enjoyed my time at Goddard," Chappelle stated just after the official inductees list was announced. "The people made it a great place for me to do my research, and I really appreciate that NASA allowed me to conduct such important research there." When asked what he misses the most about working at Goddard he simply responded, "The people."
Chappelle first began work for NASA in 1963 while a senior biochemist at the Hazelton Laboratories,
From 1956 to 1958, he was a research associate for the Department of Chemistry at
During his 34-year Goddard career, Chappelle's innovative research led to 14