Remembering Clyde Jupiter

April 4, 2024, 7:00AMNuclear News


Clyde Peter Jupiter passed away peacefully March 31, 2024, at the age of 95. Born October 31, 1928, in New Orleans, La., Jupiter attended public and parochial schools in New Orleans, graduating from Xavier University in 1948. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and was noted as one of the first African Americans to attend Notre Dame University in 1949.

Following graduation, Jupiter pursued a career in the field of physics, where he was renowned for his contributions to nuclear radiation detection and the advancing of nuclear energy. His career in the nuclear field included working for such agencies as the Atomic Energy Commission, Lawrence Laboratories, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

He also served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 at the Chemical Corps Laboratory, in Fort Detrick, Md.

ANS involvement: Jupiter served in various leadership roles for the American Nuclear Society from 1978 to 2000. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., from 1981 to 1987 and as an invited lecturer at various universities across the United States.

After Jupiter resigned from the NRC, he and his wife Pat in 1987 started Jupiter Corporation in Wheaton, Md., working with government agencies in the field of nuclear waste management research. He later served as cofounder and senior scientist at AZ Isotopes in Bunker Hill, Ind., working to provide radioisotopes for nuclear medicine imaging and research.

In October 2023, Jupiter was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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