The Life and Times of Famous People from New Mexico

Famous People from New Mexico
New Mexico is proud to see many great names rise on its land. To take a look at some of the famous people from New Mexico, you must read on.
New Mexico, a state in the southwestern region of the United States of America has produced many talents who have made a difference to society. They have shaped their careers brilliantly and made the world proud.

The names have been arranged in alphabetical order.
Bill Mauldin
Famous for his political cartoons, especially for his works during World War II, William Henry "Bill" Mauldin was a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. After completing courses from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, he joined the US Army through the Arizona National Guard. There, he began to work for the unit's newspaper as a cartoonist. His cartoon characters Willie and Joe gained popularity. Mauldin's cartoons depicted the true state of the soldiers of war and painted the real picture of the war to the commoners. In 1945, he won his first Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning and the second one came his way in 1959. His cartoon depicting Abraham Lincoln with his head in his hands after President John F. Kennedy's assassination was among Mauldin's other famous works. He was working with Chicago Sun-Times then, which he continued doing till retirement. His Willie and Joe cartoon was published for the last time in Peanuts in 1998.
Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson
The 30th Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson was the candidate for the 2008 Democratic Party nomination for the President of the United States. After completing college education, Richardson worked for the Republican Congressman F. Bradford Morse. He then became a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He spent more than fourteen years in Congress. He got an opportunity to work with Bill Clinton, who appointed Richardson as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He also served as Clinton's Secretary of Energy in 1998. He chaired the 2004 Democratic National Convention and the Democratic Governors Association. He has always remained a prominent figure on the political scene of the world.
Clyde Tombaugh
Clyde Tombaugh was an American astronomer, who earned worldwide acclaim for his discovery of the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930. His career in astronomy started with him building his first telescope. He sent his observations of Jupiter and Mars to the Lowell Observatory earning him an employment in the laboratory. After discovering Pluto, he earned degrees in astronomy. From 1955, he worked as a teacher of astronomy at the New Mexico State University until he retired from service. The discovery of many asteroids is attributed to him. Tombaugh was one of the most prominent astronomers to have reported having seen UFOs.
Demi Moore
Demi Moore
This American actress, director, producer, model, and songwriter is most famous for her roles in movies like Ghost, A Few Good Men, Disclosure, and Indecent Proposal. Her movie Ghost was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She started her career as a model, took drama classes, and ventured songwriting for a brief period. Her debut film Choices came in 1981. Her 1986 movie About Last Night... was a commercial success. Her career peaked in the late '80s and she was the highest-paid Hollywood actress by 1995. Her TV movie If These Walls Could Talk also earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
Edward Condon
Director of the National Bureau of Standards and President of the American Physical Society in the late '40s and the president of the American Association for Advancement of Science in 1953, Edward Condon is a famous figure in the fields of nuclear physics and quantum mechanics. After working as a journalist post high school, he took up theoretical physics and earned bachelor's and doctorate degrees. He worked as a professor for a brief period and then as the associate director of research at the Westinghouse Electric Company. He was a part of the Manhattan Project where he was instrumental in the development of the radar and nuclear weapons during the Second World War. He authored the Condon Report which talked about UFOs and rendered them non-scientific. During the McCarthy period, he was accused of being the follower of a revolutionary movement called quantum mechanics, on which Condon maintained that he was committed to science.
Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos
He is the founder, president, and CEO of Amazon, and the chairperson on its board. Bezos is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University. After completing graduation, he worked on Wall Street in the computer science branch. He worked with D.E. Shaw & Co. as a financial analyst. He planned for Amazon during his journey from New York to Seattle and launched it in 1994. In 1999, Time magazine honored him as the Person of the Year. In 2004, he established Blue Origin, a human space flight startup company. It was Jeff Bezos, who coined the term, 'Artificial Intelligence'. He remains to be one of the most prominent names in the world of Internet business.
Nancy Lopez
She is an American professional golfer. She was the winner of the New Mexico Women's Amateur at the young age of 12 and of the US Girls' Junior Championship in 1972 and 1974. She had begun exhibiting her flair for golf since a young age. The LPGA Tour of 1978 marked her first full season tour in which she won nine titles including five tournaments. She was the proud winner of the Vare Trophy as also of the titles LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. During the '60s, she was the first player to play all four rounds of the Women's Open. In 1987, Lopez was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. A proud winner of three major championships and 48 LPGA Tour events, Nancy Lopez is one of the best female golf players the world has seen.
William Hanna
The American animator, director, producer, and cartoon artist, William Hanna co-founded Hanna-Barbera, with Joseph Barbera. He wanted to become a structural engineer but had to drop out of college on account of the Great Depression. After dropping out of college, he started working as a construction engineer. He lost that job during the Great Depression after which he worked in cartoon studios. Hanna-Barbera produced very famous cartoons like The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Flintstone series, The Jetsons, The Smurfs and the very popular Scooby-Doo series. The studio also produced Tom and Jerry for MGM until 1957 and the Yogi Bear series. The Hanna-Barbera team has received seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards. They were proud winners of several other prestigious awards and have earned a huge fan following. The name William Hanna is iconic in the television animation industry.
New Mexico hosts many important names, which continue to receive appreciation from the world. These were only a few of those names.