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George Keene '50 May 19, 2020 12:55 PM updated: May 21, 2020 11:53 AM

George T. Keene worked for Eastman Kodak Company for 37 years where he held several management positions in the Federal Systems Division. As supervisor of the Photo Science Group he guided the development and application of the optics, films and auxiliary equipment required for high-resolution photographic systems. He also served as project manager for Advanced Earth Resources Systems. During the Apollo program his group operated the ground reconstruction segment of the Lunar Orbiter project that mapped the moon with unprecedented sharpness. Keene directed work on several high precision imaging systems for the Defense Department and other governmental agencies. He retired in 1989 and went on to OCA Applied Optics where he guided work on geosynchronous weather satellites and infrared missile systems. Later he consulted for Loral Electro-Optical Systems specializing in space and missile programs.

He then designed and built camera obscuras for custom installations. One was in a prominent location overlooking Central Park. Another major instrument was installed at the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory in 2006

Author of many articles on astronomy and photography, Keene was one of the first to cover the subject of astrophotography for the amateur in his book Stargazing with Telescope and Camera. An avid stargazer himself, Keene designed and constructed several telescopes for use in astrophotography.

He has achieved international recognition for his outstanding results in photographing total eclipses of the sun. His pictures of solar eclipses have appeared often in national magazines notably the cover of Life magazine for April 1979.

He received a B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1950; an M.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1952 and a M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Rochester, 1959. He was Fellow, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, 1962 and Fellow, Rochester (NY) Academy of Science, 1960.

He is succeeded by his children Tom Keene, Nancy Judd, Stacia Shean and Richard Keene, and his second wife Nicki Keene. He has 17 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.  

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