South Carolina Hall of Science and Technology

Thirtieth Anniversary

Gene Preston Rutledge

2008 Inductee

Gene Preston RutledgeAs a youngster, Dr. Gene Rutledge was inspired by science teachers much like the members of the South Carolina Science Council. A Spartanburg native now living in Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Rutledge is the hall’s 25th inductee. The energy scientist and manager has praised science teachers from his formative school years, because the classroom experiences they provided set off the chain reaction that catalyzed his love of science.

Rutledge swept Drayton Mill floors on the second shift to earn money for Wofford College tuition. During WWII, Wofford was used for military purposes, so he continued his studies at Spartanburg Methodist College, Converse College, and also at Clemson. His junior year he earned Clemson’s top grade point average. That summer of 1945, he took a job in Oak Ridge, TN at the Atomic Energy laboratory. He worked on the Manhattan Project, handling uranium that ultimately became part of the original atomic bomb test. Returning to Wofford for his senior year he completed a degree in chemistry.

Two years later after earning a graduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Rutledge returned to Oak Ridge, TN, as a nuclear researcher. Besides developing a procedure that at one time prevented the shut-down of the Oak Ridge plant, Rutledge worked in numerous other nuclear industry start-up projects in the private and public arenas. As Director of Idaho’s Nuclear Energy Commission he published extensively and hosted weekly television shows.

He later worked in Alaska as an energy scientist and consultant. In retirement he has continued an international publishing and lecturing consultancy. Previously, Rutledge has been recognized by The American Chemical Society, The Alaska Press Club and several of his publications have been entered into the U.S. Congressional Record. He received an honorary doctorate from Wofford, having been nominated by the fourth grade science teacher who first inspired his love of science.

The induction ceremony for Dr. Rutledge will take place at the (SC)2 business meeting at 8:00am on Friday October 24, 2008.

 

About the South Carolina Hall of Science and Technology...

The South Carolina Hall of Science and Technology was established in 1978 and administered as a program of the South Carolina Science Council (SC)2. The purpose of the Hall of Science and Technology is to provide the people of South Carolina with an awareness of science and technology, and to recognize those living and deceased persons from our State who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and technology.

The honor accorded to those individuals inducted into the Hall denotes no monetary reward; it is purely recognition of their worthy contributions to society. Highlighting such achievements of South Carolinians is in itself a major mission and purpose of the Hall of Science and Technology.

The Hall of Science and Technology is directed and served by an Advisory Committee; in addition to those from the Board of Directors of (SC)2, other members are drawn from such diverse, yet related, organizations as the Amer­ican Chemical Society, the Society of Professional Engineers, the South Car­olina Academy of Science, Sigma Xi Chapters of various universities, the S. C. State Museum, and the Office of the Governor.

INDUCTED MEMBERS
LeConte Medallion Awardees
John LeConte*.................... 1978P Physics
Joseph LeConte*.................. 1978P Geology
Ernest E. Just*..................... 1978P Developmental Biology
Charles H. Townes................ 1980C Molecular Physics
Portia McKnight Lubchenco... 1982P Medicine/Public Service
Thomas P. Fraser.................. 1982C Biological Education
Thomas Green Clemson ......... 1983P Agricultural Chemistry
John Broadus Watson............ 1984P Psychology
Melvin H. Knisely.................. 1985P Quantitative Anatomy
Richard B. Dominick.............. 1986P Entomology
Ronald E. McNair.................. 1986P Aerospace Physics
Charles F. Bolden, Jr............. 1994C Aerospace Science
Eugene P. Pendergrass.......... 1997P Radiology
Neill G.Whitelaw................... 1999P Physics
Harry Y. McSween................ 1999C Planetary Geology
Charles M. Duke, Jr.............. 2002C Aerospace Science
Gene P. Rutledge.............. 2008 Energy Research, Management and Education    

Just Medallion Awardees
Albert B. Savin..................... 1983C Microbiology/Public Service
Kenneth R. Manning............. 1984C Mathematics/History of Science
Thomas Walter..................... 1995P Botany
Wade T. Batson, Jr............... 1995C Botany
Ruth Patrick........................ 1996C Limnology
John Edwards Holbrook ........ 1996P Herpetology
Rudolph E. Mancke............... 1997C Natural History
* denotes Founding Inductee
P=Posthumous     C=Contemporary