A Claim to Fame

A Claim to Fame

John Haystead


In the grand scheme of things, names like Willis Whitfield, Claude Marsh and Gordon King may not mean a lot to many people. They haven`t won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Heisman or Cy Young award, and it`s not likely their life stories will be told anytime soon on A&E`s “Biography” series. Given their important contribution to society, this lack of widespread recognition may be unfortunate, but it is understandable.

What wouldn`t be acceptable, however, is a scenario where these names would be forgotten, or where their owners` accomplishments would go unacknowledged by their own colleagues and professional community. And, that`s why the CleanRooms Hall of Fame was created.

Established in 1990 to honor those individuals who have made a unique and lasting contribution to the advancement of contamination control technology, the Hall of Fame has so far inducted 10 members (see page 42). King, Marsh and Whitfield were the first, recognized for their pioneering work in laminar airflow as well as other outstanding technical accomplishments.

In this issue of CleanRooms, you will find a nomination form for the next inductee into this esteemed group of individuals. Obviously, the form is only a guide to the criteria to be considered. Feel free to provide as much detail or supportive material for your nomination as necessary.

CleanRooms magazine is proud of its role in establishing and maintaining this important institution for our industry and we encourage all of our readers to spend a few minutes to think about whether they know an individual who should be considered for this honor. If so, the hour or so necessary to prepare a nomination package will itself be time well spent in service to your profession.


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