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Elected in 1974

“For leadership in projecting electric power transmission to 765 kV and researching the 1000-1500 kV range.”


HOWARD BARNES, one of the world’s leading power engineers, was recognized internationally for his role in the development of state-of-the-art power-system protection concepts and the promotion of extra-high-voltage (EHV) transmission systems for medicine and other applications. It was his work on the 765kV lines (with Philip Sporn & AEP’s backing) which led to the creation of the Johns Hopkins University research project that resulted in the development of the “defibrillator.” Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1912, Howard died on May 16, 2003, at the age of 91.

His career in electrical-power engineering and management spanned more than 40 years. He was a senior vice president and manager of the Power Systems Division and a member of the Board of Directors at Charles T. Main Inc., an electrical engineering consulting firm. Before assuming this position, he was assistant vice president of engineering at American Electric Power (AEP), one of the country’s leading electric utilities.

Howard received his B.S.E.E., with honors, from the Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and was awarded an honorary doctor of engineering degree. He continued postgraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Adelphi College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, a fellow of IEEE, and a registered professional engineer in

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