Profile

Harold D. Wallace Jr.

Associate Curator

Ph.D. (in progress), University of Maryland, Baltimore County M.A. (1994), University of Maryland, Baltimore County B.A. (1982), University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Research Specialties 

History of electric power and lighting

Projects 

Current Projects: Exhibitions:

  • Lasers:  The First 50 Years
  • Artifact Walls: Glass Tubes
  • Lighting a Revolution 2
  • An Electric Breeze: Fans for Consumers

WebProjects:

  • Virtual exhibition: Lighting a Revolution

Research Projects:

  • Powering A Generation (electric power deregulation)
  • Lighting The Way (energy efficient lighting)
  • Collecting the History of Fuel Cells

Past Projects: Exhibitions:

  • Recent Acquisitions: Citizens Band Radio (2005)
  • Lighting The Way (March 2000 - June 2001).
Professional Affiliations 
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry, Collections Committee
  • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, History and Heritage Committee
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engeineers History Committee (2007-2010)

Publications

Great Inventions: The Light Bulb. assoc. ed. Mankato, Minn.: Capstone Press, 2004.

Written for second-grade students, this book introduces both how light bulbs work and their history.

“A Different Kind of Chemistry: a History of Tungsten Halogen Lighting.” IEEE Industry Applications Magazine 7 (November–December 2001).

A look at the invention and development of this energy-efficient light source.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. assoc. ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001.

A wide range of energy technologies are covered in this 3 volume set. Though primarily devoted to the current state of the technologies, a substantial amount of historical background (including many brief biographical sketches) is included.

Wallops Station and the Creation of an American Space Program. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration History Office, 1997.

This master's thesis explores the social and administrative history of the Wallops Island, V.A. launch facility during the early years of NASA.