Edgar Charles Barnes
Edgar Charles Barnes (6 April 1909 – 27 December 1987) was a pioneer in the field of industrial hygiene and the first industrial hygienist to work for a major U.S. corporation. He was also a founding member and director of the Health Physics Society.
- 1 Life's Work and Education
- 2 Professional Activities
- 2.1 Health Physics Society
- 2.2 First Board of Directors
- 2.3 American Industrial Hygiene Association
- 2.4 American Public Health Association
- 2.5 National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
- 2.6 American National Standards Institute
- 2.7 International Organization for Standardization
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 Patents
- 5 Publications
- 6 References
Life's Work and Education
Edgar Charles Barnes was the son of Claude Barnes and Clara Gamble. On 19 August 1931, Edgar Charles Barnes married Eleanor Frances Sykes. They had a son, Robert Charles and daughter, Eleanor Elizabeth. They resided at 316 Ninth Street in Edgewood, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Barnes graduated in 1930 from Pennsylvania State University with a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering.
He started in General Engineering at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and in 1933 formed the industrial hygiene section. At the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory from 1949 – 1960 Barnes led the Industrial Hygiene and Safety Program. In 1960 Barnes was promoted to Headquarters Director of Radiation Protection for Corporate Nuclear Activities.
- Director, founding member
In the midyear issue of Science the announcement came of the formation new national scientific organization for health physicists at the 3 day Health Physics Conference at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on 14 June 1955. The organization was temporarily named "Health Physics Society", and Karl Z. Morgan of the Health Physics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory was elected interim president. Other interim officers are:
- Frederick P. Cowan, Head, Health Physics Division Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y., vice president, and
- Elda E. Anderson, director of the education and training department of the Health Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, secretary-treasurer.
First Board of Directors
Talks regarding the formation of a professional society had been ongoing for several years. The health physicists had decided to form an independent organization rather than attach to an existing group.
Directors of the Health Physics Society included:
- Herbert Mermagen, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.
- Edgar Charles Barnes, manager of industrial hygiene, Westinghouse Atomic Power Division, Bettis Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- John W. 'Jack' Healy, General Electric Co., Hanford, Washington
- William Taylor Ham, professor of biophysics, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
- C. Maurice Patterson, DuPont Atomic Energy Plant, Aiken, S.C.
- G. W. C. Tait, Health Physics Branch, Atomic Energy Co. of Canada, Ltd., Chalk River, Ontario, Canada
- Francis J. Bradley, superintendent of radiation safety at Ohio State University and organizer of the first Health Physics Society Conference
- William E. Nolan, Radiation Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California
- Walter Dunhan Claus, (annual salary $12,000), Division of Biology and Medicine, Biophysics Branch, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Washington, D.C.
- John E. Pickering, department of radiobiology, School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
American Industrial Hygiene Association
- Board of Directors
- AIHA liaison
Nuclear Standards Board
- AIHA representative
- Vice Chairman
- Executive Committee
- Chairman, Nuclear Standards Subcommittee
Awards and honors
- Westinghouse Order of Merit, 1945
- American Society of Safety Engineers Fellow Award, 1962
- Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award, 1970
- In 1943 the award was established to honor AIHA's third president Donald E. Cummings. Awarded for “outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of the profession of industrial hygiene”. Recipient delivers the Cummings Memorial Lecture at the AIHA annual conference. This is the highest honor from the AIHA.
- Electrostatic Dust Weight Sampler
- The Spectrums in Industrial Hygiene
- ^ "News of Science". Science. 122 (15 July 1955): 112–117. 15 July 1955. doi:10.1126/science.122.3159.112 .
- ^ Official Register of the United States, 1952. U.S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D.C.
- ^ "Association News". American Journal of Public Health and the Nations Health. 25 (10): 1165–1168. 1935. doi:10.2105/AJPH.25.10.1165 .
- ^ "Association News". American Journal of Public Health and the Nations Health. 36: 80–85. 1946. doi:10.2105/AJPH.36.1.80 .
- ^ 7 Westinghouse Employees Honored, The Pittsburgh Press, (28 January 1945), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, p.10.
- ^ "Archived copy" . Archived from the original on 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2014-08-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- ^ Penney, G. W., & Barnes, E. C. (5 January 1943). "Electrostatic dust sampler." U.S. Patent No. 2,307,602. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- ^ Barnes, E. C. (1970). The Spectrums in Industrial Hygiene. The American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 31(3), 265-276.
Categories: 1909 births | 1987 deaths | Penn State College of Engineering alumni | American industrial engineers | Public health researchers | Health physicists | Health Physics Society | 20th-century American engineers
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