Harold D. Wallace, Jr.
Hal Wallace is curator of the Electricity Collections in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, specializing in the history of electric light and power. His work includes the exhibition and website Lighting a Revolution, and the Internet-based research projects Lighting The Way, and Collecting the History of Fuel Cells, in addition to Powering A Generation.
Hal received an M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1994 and is currently working on his PhD in UMBC's Department of Public Policy. He is the author of Wallops Station and the Creation of An American Space Program, and articles on the history of electric lighting. He is a member the American Historical Association, the Oral History Association, and the Society for the History of Technology.
Before coming to the Smithsonian, Hal spent his first career in the retail and wholesale hardware trades. This gave him an understanding of the distribution and marketing of electrical equipment, as well as the opportunity to learn about the technology from licensed electricians.