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A FERTILE GROUND FOR NEW THINKING EMERGING ISSUES 1880-1920

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A FERTILE GROUND FOR NEW THINKING EMERGING ISSUES 1880-1920

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  1. A FERTILE GROUND FOR NEW THINKING EMERGING ISSUES 1880-1920

  2. William Pitt Mason Pioneer in Sanitation Engineering

  3. William Pitt Mason(1853-1938) • C.E. degree, RPI (1874) • M.D., Albany Medical College (1881) • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, RPI (1882) • Professor of Analytical Chemistry, RPI (1885) • Head of Chemistry Department, RPI (1895) • LL.D., Lafayette College (1908) • Head of *newly formed* Chemical Engineering Department, RPI (1912) • Doctor of Science, Union University (1917) • Member, APHA, 28th president of AWWA

  4. W.P. MasonPioneer in Sanitation Chemistry? • Notes on Qualitative Analysis for Students of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1st ed. (1883, Nims) • Chemical analysis of water • Studied bacteriology with Pasteur at Pasteur Institute (1889 and 1893) • Examination of Potable Water (1890, Nims & Knight) • Commentary on importance of standardized water examination methods (chemical analyses) • Based on 1889 report of the “water committee” of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), of which Mason was a member • This committee influenced the first publication of Standard Methods in 1905 by the APHA

  5. W.P. MasonPioneer in Sanitation Chemistry? • “Notes on some cases of drinking water and disease” (speech, 1891) • Typhoid outbreaks in the Albany area, due to contamination of Mohawk-Hudson water • Report on An Additional Water Supply for the City of Troy Made to the Water Commissioners (1893, 1897) • Investigated alternative water sources for Troy, NY • Ranked “desirability” of water sources on bacterial counts • “Chemical and bacteriological examination of potable water” included in 4th year chemistry class description for Natural Science majors (1896)

  6. W.P. MasonPioneer in Sanitation Chemistry? • Water Supply (Considered Principally from a Sanitary Standpoint), 1st ed. (1896, J. Wiley & Sons) • Examination of Water (Chemical and Bacteriological), 1st ed. (1899, J. Wiley & Sons) • Preface: “Knowledge of ordinary quantitative analysis is here necessarily assumed…while the items properly lying within the scope of a sanitary examination are dealt with more at length” • “Special Course in Water Analysis” offered at RPI (1902) • Standard Methods of Water Analysis, 1st ed. (APHA, 1905)