New Book Describes Evolution of Aerosol Science

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — A new book, Aerosol Science and Technology: History and Reviews, describes a slice of history in the evolution of aerosol science.

The book is edited by David Ensor, Ph.D., an RTI International distinguished fellow with nearly 40 years' experience in aerosol science and air pollution research, and presents in-depth biographies of four leading international aerosol researchers. It also highlights pivotal research institutions in New York, Minnesota, and Austria.

"Interesting and fun to read, this book goes a long way in bringing to life the scientific tributaries to our science, the wealth of creative ideas, and the people behind them," said Gerhard Kasper, editor, Journal of Aerosol Science. "It also shows how far these pioneers of aerosol science went with so little in terms of equipment and technology."

One collection of chapters reflects on the legacy of the Pasadena smog experiment, while another presents a fascinating overview of military applications and nuclear aerosols. Additionally, prominent researchers offer detailed reviews of aerosol measurement, processes, experiments, and technology that changed the face of aerosol science.


This book is the third in a series and is supported by the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) History Working Group, whose goal is to produce archival books from its symposiums on the history of aerosol science to ensure a lasting record. It is based on papers presented at the Third Aerosol History Symposium on September 8 and 9, 2006, in St. Paul, Minn.

The book has 21 chapters and covers a range of subjects from biographies, histories of institutions, to reviews of technologies. There were 42 contributing authors to the chapters.

Aerosol Science and Technology: History and Reviews was published by RTI Press and is available on the RTI Press website.

Cover of Aerosol Science and Technology: History and Reviews


  • A new book offers a partial history of aerosol science through researcher biographies, institutional histories and technology reviews
  • Aerosol Science and Technology: History and Reviews was edited by RTI International Distinguished Fellow David Ensor, Ph.D.
  • The book was published by RTI Press