Lawrence J. DeLucas

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James "Larry" DeLucas
Lawrence DeLucas.jpg
NASA Payload Specialist
Nationality American
Born July 11, 1950
Syracuse, New York
Other occupation
Time in space
13d 19h 30m
Missions STS-50
Mission insignia

James "Larry" DeLucas (O. D., Ph.D.) is an American biochemist who flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-50 as a Payload Specialist. He was born on July 11, 1950 in Syracuse, New York, and is currently married with three children and has the cutest grandson ever. His recreational interests include basketball, scuba diving, bowling, model airplanes, astronomy and reading.


DeLucas attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in Birmingham, Alabama and received the following degrees:


DeLucas is a member of the following organizations:


He has published over 125 research articles in refereed scientific journals, is co-author of 2 books, and co-inventor on 25 patents.


  • Co-Chair, Spacehab Science Advisory Board
  • Secretary of the Board, Council of Biotechnology Centers, Biotechnology Industry Council
  • Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, UAB
  • Howell Heflin Statesmanship Award for Technology, NASA Space Flight Medal
  • Recognized as one of the scientists who could shape the 21st century in an article by The Sunday Times entitled “The Brains Behind the 21st Century”
  • Distinguished Crystallography Lecturer for Pittsburgh Diffraction Society Lecturers
  • Honorary Doctor of Science degree, Ohio State University, Illinois College of Optometry, State University of New York State College of Optometry, and Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.


  • 1975 – 1976: Research Associate in the Institute of Dental Research, UAB
  • 1977 – 1982: Graduate Student, working on combined doctoral degrees in Optometry and Biochemistry
  • 1982 – present: Member of Vision Science Research Center
  • 1983 – present: Member, Graduate Faculty, UAB
  • 1984 – present: Scientist, Comprehensive Cancer Center, UAB
  • 1986 – 1992: Associate Director, Center for Macromolecular Crystallography, UAB
  • 1987 – present: Member of NASA Science Advisory Committee for Advanced Protein Crystal Growth
  • 1989 – present: Adjunct Professor, Materials Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama
  • 1989 – present: Professor, Department of Optometry, UAB
  • 1990 – present: Adjunct Professor, Laboratory of Medical Genetics, UAB
  • 1990 – present: Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UAB
  • 1990 – present: Member, Executive Committee and Board of the Helen Keller Eye Research Foundation
  • 1994 – 1995: NASA Chief Scientist for International Space Station
  • 1994 – present: Director, Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering, UAB
  • 1994 – present: Director, Cancer Center X-ray Core Facility, UAB
  • 1996 – present: Member Research Foundation and Technology Transfer Committee, UAB
  • 1997 – 1998: Member Metabolic Bone Disease, UAB
  • 1997 – present: Member, Media Relations Group, UAB
  • 2001 – present: Adjunct Professor, Physiology and Biophysics


DeLucas was a member of the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia for STS-50 (June 25-July 9, 1992), the United States Microgravity Laboratory-1 (USML-1) Spacelab mission. Over a two-week period, the crew conducted a wide variety of experiments relating to materials processing and fluid physics. At mission conclusion, DeLucas had traveled over 5.7 million miles in 221 Earth orbits, and had logged over 331 hours in space.

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