Aerosol science and technology History and reviews

By David Ensor

Aerosol Science and Technology: History and Reviews captures an exciting slice of history in the evolution of aerosol science. It presents in-depth biographies of four leading international aerosol researchers and highlights pivotal research institutions in New York, Minnesota, and Austria. 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. Finally, prominent researchers offer detailed reviews of aerosol measurement, processes, experiments, and technology that changed the face of aerosol science.

This volume 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, Minnesota, USA.


Ensor, D. (Ed.) (2011). Aerosol science and technology: History and reviews. (RTI Press Publication No. BK-0003-1109). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.

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“This is an outstanding resource for everyone who is interested in aerosol research—ranging from a novice to an accomplished scholar. Historic and technical aspects described in the book are well balanced. Life stories of the pioneers of aerosol science, many whom I was privileged to know personally, are truly fascinating as they portray remarkable facets of their characters.”

—Sergey Grinshpun

“Several of my favorites include a biography of Othmar Preining, a history of nanoaerosol measurements from the 1800s to the present, and three chapters related to California outdoor aerosol measurement experiments from 1969–1973. I could not begin any of those chapters without finishing it. It is fascinating to look back at the key decisions and important turning points in the direction of our science.”

—Gilmore J. Sem

“One of the best features of this book is that it avoids overlap with the two earlier treatises. Consequently, it nicely complements our record of the history of aerosol science and technology. It is a book that should be on the shelf of any aerosol researcher who appreciates the contributions of our aerosol forefathers.”

—E. James Davis

“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. It also shows how far these pioneers of aerosol science went with so little in terms of equipment and technology.”

—Gerhard Kasper

“Interesting insights into people and topical areas that have helped to shape modern aerosol science.”

—Philip K. Hopke


David EnsorDavid S. Ensor, Ph.D., is a distinguished fellow at RTI International. He received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Washington State University. He has a master’s degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Washington. Dr. Ensor has over 40 years’ experience in the field of aerosol science. He was President of the American Association for Aerosol Research (1988–1990) and is a founding editor of Aerosol Science and Technology. Dr. Ensor is an adjunct professor of environmental engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published over 90 peer reviewed publications and 200 presentations, and received 7 patents.

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